Ada Limon



New Poems Online

"Of Roots & Roamers," The National

"Late Summer After a Panic Attack," "The Visitor," and "Bust," Waxwing

"The Burying Beetle," The New Yorker

"Killing Methods," Indolent Books

"A New National Anthem," BuzzFeed

"Notes on the Below," Academy of American Poets, Poem-a-Day

"Midnight, Talking About Our Exes," Poetry Daily

"Adaptation," "The Last Move," "Mowing," Relentless," and "Field Bling" audio & text featured at Poets and Writers

"The Great Blue Heron of Dunbar Road," featured on The Rumpus

"Oh Please, Let It Be Lightning," at The Field Office


"[in brackets] with Ada Limón"

"Words on a Wire Interview"

"#31Days of Feminism: Ada Limón," NBC News

"Interview with NBCC Poetry Finalist," The New School

"Poetry Book Club Chat," The Rumpus

"An Interview with Poet Ada Limón," Compose Journal, April 2014

"Catching Up With a Grad: Ada Limón - Poetry in Motion," Sonoma Index-Tribune, March 2014

"Ada Limón Part 1 & 2," Neelthemuse, November 2012

"Exploring the Heart of Poetry,"Keep Louisville Literary, November 2012

"Poet Ada Limón Talks Art, Quiet, and Sharks," Figment, July 2011

"Interview: Sharks in the Rivers," Frontal Junkyard, January 2011

"Interview with Ada Limón," Knuckle Twenty-Nine, December 2010

"The Religion of Noticing Things," Video on, September 2010

"Q & A: American Poetry," The Poetry Society of America, June 2010

"The Book Bench, Driving Force" The New Yorker Blog, August 2009

"Interview with Ada Limón," The San Francisco Examiner, June 2009

"Interview with Ada Limón," The Scrambler. April 2007

"First Book Interview," November 2006

"Debut Poets 2006," Poets & Writers. November/December 2006

"Interview with Director Reading Series," Emerging Writers Forum.  July 2005

Praise for Bright Dead Things

“In the wonderful and wondering poems of her fourth collection, Ada Limón picks things up, puts them down, daydreams, sings, and casually, unpretentiously finds everything strange, all the while uttering truths that have a light, mysterious accuracy. This poetry is confident enough to let the world (Brooklyn, Kentucky, Montana, and elsewhere) and its words take center stage, again and again. And yet, Limón does far more than merely reflect the world: she continually transforms it, thereby revealing herself as an everyday symbolist and high level duende enabler. At the end of one poem she writes, “What the heart wants? The heart wants/ her horses back,” and suddenly even this most urban reader feels wild and free.” —Matthew Zapruder

“Ada Limón doesn't write as if she needs us. She writes as if she wants us. Her words reveal, coax, pull, see us. In Bright Dead Things we read desire, ache, what human beings rarely have the heart or audacity to speak of alone—without the help of a poet with the most generous of eyes.” —Nikky Finney

“In Ada Limón’s Bright Dead Things, there’s a fierce jazz and sass (“this life is a fist / of fast wishes caught by nothing, / but the fishhook of tomorrow’s tug.”) and there’s sadness—a grappling with death and loss that forces the imagination to a deep response. The radio in her new, rural home warns “stay safe and seek shelter” and yet the heart seeks love, risk, and strangeness—and finds it everywhere.” —Gregory Orr

"If these are dark poems, there’s also a poignant openness to them, and a refreshing earnestness in Limón’s voice as she examines the upheavals of life. There’s an especially close attention paid to the world in these poems—an attention born out of the wreckage of grief and change." — Tahoma Literary Review

"Generous of heart, intricate and accessible, the poems in this book are wondrous and deeply moving." — Karla Huston, starred review in Library Journal

"A poet whose verse exudes warmth and compassion, Limón is at the height of her creative powers, and Bright Dead Things is her most gorgeous book of poems." — Rigoberto González, Los Angeles Review of Books

"Using a litany of dark imagery, Limón’s speaker maps where language fails..." — Publisher's Weekly

"Ada Limón’s power is in speaking plainly, giving her ideas enough space to breathe, and ending poems with potent last lines." — Front Porch

"The clarity and directness of Limón’s voice make for exhilarating reading." —Star Tribune

"This volume opens with the Pushcart Prize winner 'How To Triumph Like a Girl,' and the collection that unfolds demonstrates the same joy, bravado, and sheer push."
—"Key Poets to Discover and Rediscover," Library Journal Reviews

"Good spirited and dynamic, the book is a look back at past loves, then progresses forward. These are emotionally based poems with buoyancy and integrity." — Grace Cavalieri, Washington Independent Review of Books

"Limón is able to show us past what we can control, and channel something of acceptance." — Brandon Amico, Los Angeles Review of Books

"The best compliment one can give a book of poems is that the book loves the reader. Bright Dead Things doesn't just love poetry; it loves the reader. My hunch is, Reader, you'll love it too." —Dean Rader, Huffington Post

"Limón reminds us to keep living and loving despite the things we cannot change."
—Dana Johnson, New Pages

"Limón’s calling card is her relaxed, winningly unpretentious voice." -- One of the Best Poetry Books of 2015, The New York Times

"In Bright Dead Things, Ada Limon cuts through the white noise of cliché and replaces it with vital music.", Pulitzer Prize Winner Gregory Pardlo in The Scofield

"Bright Dead Things captures an animal essence, creating a collection for which 'beauty' is less of a calculated word choice than it is a wild instinct." —Kevin Holton, Pleiades: Literature in Context

"Limón, in not fearing the part of her that wants to be unsettled, allows readers to let go of what binds them to their own confining spaces. Reading Bright Dead Things is a pleasure, not because the book in its weaving from discomfort to near-comfort is easy, but because by the end, we can believe that living any style or form of life is enough, no matter its final shape." —Lisa Higgs, Kenyon Review

Reviews of Sharks in the Rivers

"Limón's poems invite me into a consciousness that is always waking up, and always, despite everything that happens, choosing to step in, rather than away. This is a wonderful book."
— Bob Hicok Library Journal

"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

Gently Read Literature, "Sharks in the Rivers, May 2012

The Front Porch Journal, "Sharks in the Rivers," December 2011

Brooklyn Rail, "Shark in the Rivers," January 2011

Precipitate Journal: "2010 Titles for the Nature-Bound Book Nerd," January 2011

Coldfront Magazine, "Sharks in the Rivers:" Named in Top 30 Books of 2010, January 2011

Coldfront Magazine, "Sharks in the Rivers": Best Long Poem, Best Final Poem, January 2011

El Paso Times, "Poetry with Teeth," November 2010

Publisher’s Weekly, "Sharks in the Rivers," October 2010

Library Journal, "Sharks in the Rivers," October 2010

Reviews of This Big Fake World

"This Big Fake World is not a mere nosegay of poems but a solid world (as real as it is fake, as any good work of art should be), a poetry of story and voice, a narrative of fracture and repair, that through its art becomes a whole--and a whole new thing." — Frank X. Gaspar

"Part domestic fairy tale, part urban grit, part expose of how making a living and making a life are often pitted against each other, This Big Fake World is a sophisticated exploration of manners, marriage, and the fragile bonds that desire both creates and destroys . . . Ada Limon has a gentle touch, and an intelligence that is quick, kind, and precise toward her deftly drawn characters . . . the lives and language of this book are radiant emblems of a truly discerning mind and heart." — Tom Sleigh

"The poems are stunning—the real deal." — Marie Howe

Reviews of Lucky Wreck

"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

"..the lighthouse through the fog and mist to lost travelers and explorers, structure changes toward an inventive orthodoxy of the heart’s stormy reign..bravo..." —Jimmy Santiago Baca