‘Bright Dead Things buoyed me in this dismal year. I’m thankful for this collection, for its wisdom and generosity, for its insistence on holding tight to beauty even as we face disintegration and destruction.’ Celeste Ng, author of Everything I Never Told You
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.