The Hurting Kind

by Ada Limón | Poetry |
ISBN: 1639550496 Global Overview for this book
Registered by debnance of Alvin, Texas USA on 8/8/2023
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Journal Entry 1 by debnance from Alvin, Texas USA on Tuesday, August 8, 2023
U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón Visits Houston

Ada Limón begins her night at Inprint Houston with a reading from her new book of poetry, The Hurting Kind. She tells us before she begins that she will read ten poems. We can count down, she says, if we wish. We laugh.

She reads her ten poems (Or does she? Is anyone really counting?) She shares poems about moments, the moment her grandfather caught on fire, a moment of connection through sports, a moment with a groundhog that she tells us about in "Give Me This:"
"...A stranger writes to request my thoughts

on suffering...Instead

I watch the groundhog more closely and a sound escapes

me, a small spasm of joy I did not imagine

when I woke. She is a funny creature and earnest,

and she is doing what she can to survive."

Limón stretches out moments from the life and death of her grandfather in her title poem, "The Hurting Kind:"
"...Before my grandfather died, I asked him what sort

of horse he had growing up. He said,

Just a horse. My horse, with such tenderness it

rubbed the bones in my ribs all wrong.

I have always been too sensitive, a weeper

from a long line of weepers.

I am the hurting kind. I keep searching for proof..."

Lovely, lovely poems. Limón is a master of moments.

Sometimes great writers can put the words down beautifully on the page but fumble when speaking in public. Not so Limón. Perhaps it's Limón's theater background. Perhaps it helps to have a literate interviewer like Roberto Tejada. Limón snags us with her poems but she reels us in when she reflects on her poems:
"If I'm really listening to the world, it's talking."

"Enter the world through attention."

"I think (poetry) can change us."

She leaves us with this:
"How little we understand anything.

But maybe we are not here to understand, but to witness."

From the Inprint Houston website: Ada Limón will serve as the 2022-2023 U.S. Poet Laureate. About her work, Tracy K. Smith in The Guardian writes, “Limón is a poet of ecstatic revelation,” and Richard Blanco adds, “Both soft and tender, enormous and resounding, her poetic gestures entrance and transfix.” Limón is the author of six books of poetry, including Lucky Wreck, This Big Fake World, and Bright Dead Things, which was nominated for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. She is also the author of the National Book Critics Circle Award winner The Carrying. According to The Washington Post, “Evocative dreams and pivotal memories make this collection a powerful example of how to carry the things that define us without being broken by them.

Journal Entry 2 by debnance at Alvin, Texas USA on Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Released 11 mos ago (8/10/2023 UTC) at Alvin, Texas USA


Off to a new reader!

Journal Entry 3 by freezone at -- Bookbox, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA on Tuesday, September 26, 2023
Looks intriguing. I've been meaning to read more poetry lately, so here's a start!

Journal Entry 4 by freezone at Leominster, Massachusetts USA on Tuesday, June 11, 2024
This was a wonderful book of poetry. Some of the poems were so perfect to the experience of the pandemic lockdowns that you could tell that they were written then (or at least, about that experience.) It's easy to follow the trajectory of the poems, and they are often very beautiful. Just don't expect "moon, June, spoon" rhymes.
Even if you don't read poetry much, consider giving this a try. You "get it" best when you read a poem out loud. I read a few of these out loud, but usually I could hear them, too, when I was reading silently.

I'm either going to hold onto this for a while, in order to read a couple of the poems at an upcoming local poetry slam or I'm going to carry around for a while in my car, until I see a Little Free Library that might like to have it.

Journal Entry 5 by freezone at LFL - next to Congregational Church in Dover, Vermont USA on Monday, June 17, 2024

Released 1 mo ago (6/17/2024 UTC) at LFL - next to Congregational Church in Dover, Vermont USA


Great, very full, LFL in downtown Dover and right across the street from the Historical Society

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