The Carrying : Poems
A daughter tends to aging parents. A woman struggles with infertility-"What if, instead of carrying / a child, I am supposed to carry grief?"-and a body seized by pain and vertigo as well as ecstasy. A nation convulses: "Every song of this country / has an unsung third stanza, something brutal." And still Limon shows us, as ever, the persistence of hunger, love, and joy, the dizzying fullness of our too-short lives.
"Fine then, / I'll take it," she writes. "I'll take it all."In Bright Dead Things, Limon showed us a heart "giant with power, heavy with blood"-"the huge beating genius machine / that thinks, no, it knows, / it's going to come in first." In her follow-up collection, that heart is on full display-even as The Carrying continues further and deeper into the bloodstream, following the hard-won truth of what it means to live in an imperfect world.
Published: USA, 2021
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
ISBN 13: 9781571315137
ISBN 10: 1571315136
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