Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
Bright Dead Things
Bright Dead Things: Poems | Ada Limon
After the loss of her stepmother to cancer, Ada Limn chose to quit her job with a major travel magazine in New York, move to the mountains of Kentucky, and disappear. Yet, in the wake of death and massive transition, she found unexpected love, both for a man and for a place, all the while uncovering the core unity between death and beauty that drives our world. I am beautiful. I am full of love. I am dying, the author writes. It's this narrative of transformation and acceptance that suffuses these poems. Unflinching and unafraid, Limn takes her reader on a journey into the most complex and dynamic realms of existence and identity, all while tracing a clear narrative of renewal.Throughout, the poet lulls us into the security of her lines, only to cut into us where we least expect it. This is not New York and I am not important, she writes midway through a poem about her new home. A poem opens with the revelation that Six horses died in a tractor-trailer fire. / There, that's the hard part. I wanted / to tell you straight away so we could / grieve together.Bright Dead Things examines the chaos that is life, the dangerous thrill of living in a world you know you have to leave one day, and the search to find something that is ultimately disorderly, and marvelous, and ours.
Amazon Indiebound Barnes and Noble WorldCat Goodreads LibraryThing
Pick icon
100%
review
DoonTheGoon
post image
Pickpick

While not entirely relatable to my personal experiences in life, these poems had a stunning power to them... often evoking strange and beautiful images in my mind's eye.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Happy to see you posting more again. Always enjoy your posts. ❤ 1mo
DoonTheGoon @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Awh! Thank you for saying so ♡ 1mo
23 likes1 stack add2 comments
blurb
PaperbackPirate
post image

This book got to go to the #beach !
🌜Taken at Half Moon Bay in March 🌛
#letstraveljuly
@OriginalCyn620
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Andrew65 Great picture. 5mo
OriginalCyn620 Again, wonderful pic! I wish I could visit that beach! 💙🌊 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💗 5mo
32 likes1 stack add3 comments
blurb
Carissa-Green-Reads
post image

Tonight‘s adventure: Hearing Ada Limon read! #poetsinthewild #northwoodswritersconference

blurb
moarbookspleaze
post image

Currently reading poems between meetings.

readordierachel Loved this collection! 12mo
32 likes1 stack add1 comment
review
hwheaties
post image
Pickpick

How you know when a collection of poetry has wrecked you and remade you as a whole being and inspired you all at the same time.

MelAnn Awesome! 2y
44 likes2 stack adds1 comment
review
tjwill
post image
Pickpick

I recommend this lovely poetry collection. I had never read Limón‘s poetry before, but my cousin had recommended her to me, and I know I will read more of her writing. The poem shown is one of my favorites, and it contains the title of the collection.

blurb
tjwill
post image

I am loving this collection of poetry. My cousin recommended this poet to me, and this collection specifically. My favorites so far are “The Quiet Machine” and “I Remember the Carrots.” So powerful.

52 likes1 stack add
blurb
irre
post image

Great start. I think I‘m going to like this poetry collection 😍

readordierachel Ooh, I loved this one. 2y
54 likes3 stack adds1 comment
quote
WanderingBookaneer
post image

LitLogophile Wow, what a passage 2y
Lindy 💕 2y
47 likes2 stack adds2 comments
blurb
WanderingBookaneer
post image

When @Pronounced_ing says she is thankful for this book of poetry, you have to buy it!

65 likes5 stack adds
review
marypinko
Pickpick

Wonderful poetry

quote
flockingmolly
post image

"I'm learning so many different ways to be quiet." #milkweededitions

2 likes1 stack add
blurb
Jokila
post image

Poetry on the subway ☺️ #NYC

squirrelbrain Saw this back in April when we visited - loved it! 3y
48 likes2 comments
blurb
JessFerg
post image

My list of 'favorite lines' from Limon's poetry could form a whole new poem.

1 stack add
quote
shutupsmalls
post image

quote
shutupsmalls

...You're the muscle
I cut from the bone and still the bone
remembers, still it wants (so much, it wants)
the flesh back, the real thing,
if only to rail against it, if only
to argue and fight, if only to miss
a solve-able absence.

quote
Christina__Cox
post image

Sometimes the Poets.org #poemoftheday wallops you in the stomach. 🌿

review
CarolynOliver
post image
Pickpick

These poems were so good that as soon as I returned the book to the library I ordered my own copy.

blurb
mcipher
post image

I just read this poem in the New Yorker and loved it. I have to get one if her books! #poetry

slategreyskies I just received this book in the mail today! After seeing your post, now I really want to read this next! :) 3y
mcipher @slategreyskies Yay! I can't wait to read it, I liked this poem a lot, and I'm super picky about poetry. 3y
33 likes1 stack add2 comments
blurb
Redwritinghood
post image

#bookmail Four new books for my poetry collection.

TrishB Loved Bone and Salt 3y
50 likes1 stack add1 comment
quote
Lindy
post image

My older brother says he doesn't consider himself Latino anymore and I understand what he means, but I stare at the weird fruit in my hand and wonder what it is to lose a spiny layer.

Lizpixie I love those fruits! You can get them at most greengrocers here, they're so juicy and refreshing. 3y
Lindy @Lizpixie I like prickly pears too. I've only seen them in Italian specialty grocers in Edmonton, and only at this time of year. 3y
Lizpixie Most greengrocers carry them here, our climate is perfect for them. You can get all different colour ones, the yellow are really good too. 3y
42 likes3 comments
review
Lindy
post image
Pickpick

These poems made my heart sing. 💖🎼💖

readordierachel Such a great collection 3y
ReadingEnvy I liked them too. 3y
Lindy @ReadOrDieRachel @ReadingEnvy I have a hard time knowing what to say when reviewing poetry. All that eloquence leaves me feeling inadequate with words. 3y
ReadingEnvy @Lindy I usually pull out bits I like and try to step back and see if I can see what the poet is trying to say overall. I usually end up reading poetry collections 2-3 times before reviewing too because there is so much that can be missed. And then I'm still not sure I get their intent, just my own meaning. 3y
Lindy @ReadingEnvy Good advice. I usually read each poem at least twice, and flag passages to return to, yet I still find it hard to express my thoughts. It's like my brain switches to nonverbal mode. 3y
40 likes1 stack add5 comments
quote
Lindy
post image

New York City seemed years away and all the radio stations had unfamiliar call letters and talked about God, the one that starts his name with a capital and wants you not to get so naked all the time.

shawnmooney "wants you not to get so naked all the time" - LOL - love that ♥️ 3y
40 likes1 stack add1 comment
blurb
Lindy
post image

#currentlyreading #poetry
"somewhere inside the delicate
skin of my body, there pumps
an 8-pound female horse heart,
giant with power, heavy with blood.
Don't you want to believe it?
Don't you want to lift my shirt and see
the huge beating genius machine
that thinks, no, it knows,
it's going to come in first."
From: How to Triumph Like a Girl

37 likes1 stack add
blurb
Readaholics
post image

From the poem "The Noisiness of Sleep"

70 likes1 stack add
blurb
Readaholics
post image

Holy Shiz...if you haven't read Ada Limon - get thee to the poetry section. No really, it's good. Good enough to be a national book award finalist.

Lindy I'm sold. Thanks for the introduction! 3y
Laura317 I love the glimpse you posted! 3y
merelybookish Thank you! I love getting poetry recs 3y
See All 6 Comments
ReadingEnvy Thanks! Have added to my list! 3y
kspenmoll Thx for this! 3y
lilycobalt That imagery is amazing! 3y
84 likes13 stack adds6 comments
quote
JDHawkins
post image
review
Readaholics
post image
Pickpick

Love this book and so does Smokey Joe ( my cat). Technically, he just likes dead things in general. I love Ada Limon's honest prose and familiar imagery. Even her longer poems flow smoothly. Check it out!

MrBook If handsome Joe approves, then it must be good. 😸👍🏻 3y
LauraBeth You can't get any better than a gray tabby 😻😻 3y
Stephanie-Anne 😻👍🏻 3y
See All 7 Comments
Mariposa_Bookworm Smokey Joe is beautiful! 3y
CherylDeFranceschi 😻❤️ 3y
Zelma Ha ha ha! I love Smokey Joe's description of liking dead things. 😂 3y
Alytrue Great cat! 3y
92 likes8 stack adds7 comments
quote
Readaholics
post image

From "How to Triumph Like A Girl" by Ada Limon

56 likes7 stack adds
review
Readaholics
post image
Pickpick

As soon as I opened this book, I knew I loved it! Ada Limon's poetry is both relatable and evokes historical and personal references. Her first poem "How to Triumph Like a Girl" is fantastic!

64 likes8 stack adds
blurb
sarahrusso
post image

Ada Limon reading from her stellar book of poems "Bright Dead Things" tonight at the National Book Critics Circle Awards #nbcc

quote
stephopitz
post image

It's hard to pick just one quote but here's a few lines from the poem DOWN HERE: It means, if you‘re alone,/ when love is all around,/ We all tip our lonely hats/ in one un-lonely sound.

8 likes1 stack add
quote
annabelgraham
post image

"and how I wish I could be silent more, be more tree than anything else, less clumsy and loud, less crow, more cool white pine, and how it's hard not to always want something else, not just to let the savage grass grow." -Ada Limón #brightdeadthings

tkmadden I'm so excited for this one, babygirl! 4y
tkmadden @Lauren you love this one, right? 4y
Lauren I do 4y
Taylor Nice 3y
7 likes2 stack adds4 comments