Ada Limon



Sharks in the Rivers

Finalist for the 2015 National Book Award

Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award

Named a Top-Ten Book of Poetry in 2015 by the New York Times

Paperback / ISBN: 978-1-57131-471-0 / Pages: 128 / September 2015, Milkweed Editions / $16.00

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"The lyrical genius of these poems sing to us of the perennial theme of home and our primordial ache of belonging. Ada Limón captures all the nuances that these colossal words call to mind with the gorgeous voice of her diction, and the timbre of her images. Both soft and tender, enormous and resounding, her poetic gestures entrance and transfix." —Richard Blanco (Read more advance praise & reviews)

From the publisher: A book of bravado and introspection, of 21st century feminist swagger and harrowing terror and loss, this fourth collection considers how we build our identities out of place and human contact—tracing in intimate detail the various ways the speaker’s sense of self both shifts and perseveres as she moves from New York City to rural Kentucky, loses a dear parent, ages past the capriciousness of youth, and falls in love.

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Sharks in the RiversSharks in the Rivers

Paperback / ISBN: 978-1-57131-438-3 / Pages: 96 / January 2010, Milkweed Editions / $15.00

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"Ada Limón is a poet of alchemy, able to transform herself into what is named as she utters the words—hummingbird, river, desire, gone. With Sharks in the Rivers she has created the thing itself, alternating rangy invocations with distilled wildness, always open to wonder." —Nick Flynn

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Big Fake WorldThis Big Fake World

Winner of the 2005 Pearl Prize
Perfect-bound / ISBN 978-1-888219-35-7 / Pages: 80 / 2005, Pearl Editions / $14.95

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"This Big Fake World is a sophisticated exploration of manners, marriage, and the fragile bonds that desire both creates and destroys...the lives and language of this book are radiant emblems of a truly discerning mind and heart." —Tom Sleigh

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Lucky WreckLucky Wreck

Winner of the 2005 Autumn House Poetry Prize, selected by Jean Valentine
Paperback / ISBN 1-932870-08-3 / Pages: 88 / 2005, Autumn House Press / $17.95

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"From the first lines of Lucky Wreck, I was drawn in by this smart, jaunty, musing, quirky voice, and as I read the whole book I felt more and more respect for Ada Limón’s risky, haunting, wonderfully unexpected work. Like many of the best writers, she is funny and serious at the same time, the depths and heights are one: lucky wreck!" —Jean Valentine

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Poets on TeachingPoets on Teaching: A Sourcebook

Edited by Joshua Marie Wilkinson
Paperback / ISBN 978-1587299049 / Pages: 350 / 2010, University of Iowa Press / $29.95

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"Here is an astonishingly generous gathering of poetic energies and imaginations aimed toward turning more and more classrooms into scenes of transformative engagement with the prime instrument of our humanity, language. The essential work of exploratory play with words is presented in heartening variety in its necessary wildness, surprising pleasures, gravitas, illumination."
—Joan Retallack


Named Fire CoverWhen She Named Fire: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by American Women

by Andrea Hollander Buddy
Paperback / ISBN 978-1932870268 / Pages: 440 / 2008, Autumn House Press / $34.95

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"Utterly of-the-moment and thoroughly inclusive, When She Named Fire, in step with this historical importance, will hold the attention of even the most well read of interested poetry connoisseurs: even those already well-acquainted with women writers in particular."
—Cold Front Magazine


What Sucks us in

What Sucks Us In Will Surely Swallow Us Whole

Cinematheque Press, 2009 Chapbook
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Big Game Books, 2007 Chapbook
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