A book of bravado and introspection, of feminist swagger and harrowing loss, Bright Dead Things considers how we build our identities out of place and human contact – tracing in intimate detail the 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.
In these extraordinary poems Ada Limon’s heart becomes a ‘huge beating genius machine’ striving to embrace and understand the fullness of the present moment. ‘I am beautiful. I am full of love. I am dying,’ the poet writes. Building on the legacies of forebears such as Frank O’Hara, Sharon Olds and Mark Doty, Limon’s work is consistently generous, accessible, and ‘effortlessly lyrical’ (New York Times) – though every observed moment feels complexly thought, felt and lived.
Date: 7th February 2019
Extent: 128 pp