The Hurting Kind (Hardcover)

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The Hurting Kind (Hardcover)


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“Poems about feeling, and what it means to feel too much. Ada Limón has once again released a collection of work that will make readers think, feel deeply, and revisit her work time and time again. This beautiful body of work is not to be missed.”
— Casey Zierler, Papercuts J.P., Boston, MA

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Remarkably attentive to the wounds and wonders of the world around her, Limón’s feral and tender new collection illumines far-off cities and backyard gardens, divorce and longing, foals and trillium, ancestors and lovers. Through distilled language, careful line breaks, evocative scenes, she questions cliché and nostalgia, and presses powerfully toward desire. This is her best work yet.

— Ben

Limón's poetry tears right into your heart and pours the light in. Divided into four seasons, this lyrical collection draws from vivid observations on the natural world and makes revelatory connections to grief, heritage, and the human experience. If you're in need of tender poems that make you feel present and thankful for life, this is the book for you.

— Hannah P

An astonishing collection about interconnectedness--between the human and nonhuman, ancestors and ourselves--from National Book Critics Circle Award winner, National Book Award finalist and U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Lim n."I have always been too sensitive, a weeper / from a long line of weepers," writes Lim n. "I am the hurting kind." What does it mean to be the hurting kind? To be sensitive not only to the world's pain and joys, but to the meanings that bend in the scrim between the natural world and the human world? To divine the relationships between us all? To perceive ourselves in other beings--and to know that those beings are resolutely their own, that they "do not / care to be seen as symbols"?With Lim n's remarkable ability to trace thought, The Hurting Kind explores those questions--incorporating others' stories and ways of knowing, making surprising turns, and always reaching a place of startling insight. These poems slip through the seasons, teeming with horses and kingfishers and the gleaming eyes of fish. And they honor parents, stepparents, and grandparents: the sacrifices made, the separate lives lived, the tendernesses extended to a hurting child; the abundance, in retrospect, of having two families.Along the way, we glimpse loss. There are flashes of the pandemic, ghosts whose presence manifests in unexpected memories and the mysterious behavior of pets left behind. But The Hurting Kind is filled, above all, with connection and the delight of being in the world. "Slippery and waddle thieving my tomatoes still / green in the morning's shade," writes Lim n of a groundhog in her garden, "she is doing what she can to survive."
Product Details ISBN: 9781639550494
ISBN-10: 1639550496
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
Publication Date: May 10th, 2022
Pages: 128
Language: English