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spirithold · a day ago
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Palm-sized and fledgling, a beak protruding from the sleeve, I have kept my birds muted for so long, I fear they’ve grown accustom to a grim quietude. What chaos could ensue should a wing get loose? Come overdue burst, come flock, swarm, talon, and claw. Scatter the coop’s roost, free the cygnet and its shadow. Crack and scratch at the state’s cage, cut through cloud and branch, no matter the dumb hourglass’s white sand yawning grain by grain. What cannot be contained cannot be contained.
- What It Must Have Felt Like, Ada Limón
(hello, my name’s finn + i adore your blog! i’ve been reading and writing a lot recently, so i’d love to send you some of my work and other’s work that i read, if that’s alright? hope your day is lovely x)
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weusetobegiants · a day ago
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Instead, I do what I do best: nothing.
Ada Limón, from The Carrying: Poems
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violettesiren · 2 days ago
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More than the fuchsia funnels breaking out of the crabapple tree, more than the neighbor’s almost obscene display of cherry limbs shoving their cotton candy-colored blossoms to the slate sky of Spring rains, it’s the greening of the trees that really gets to me. When all the shock of white and taffy, the world’s baubles and trinkets, leave the pavement strewn with the confetti of aftermath, the leaves come. Patient, plodding, a green skin growing over whatever winter did to us, a return to the strange idea of continuous living despite the mess of us, the hurt, the empty. Fine then, I’ll take it, the tree seems to say, a new slick leaf unfurling like a fist to an open palm, I’ll take it all.
Instructions on Not Giving Up by Ada Limón
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weusetobegiants · 2 days ago
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Tell me what it is to be the thing rooted in shadow. To be the thing not touched by light (no, that’s not it)— to not even need the light? I envy; I envy that.
Ada Limón, from The Carrying: Poems
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Read this book, finally, and I am so glad.
THE CARRYING by Ada Limon.
Happened to read it just before Mothers Day, which was an additional bit of goodness and luck.
Thanks DIESEL, A Bookstore in Brentwood for carrying the good stuff.
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sagmoonn · 3 days ago
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The spring is blowing through her, pulling the dead debris free from her limbs. She cannot decide what she desires, but today is enough that she desires and desires.
Ada Limón, The Widening Road 
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bostonpoetryslam · 3 days ago
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The poet Marie Howe once said if I didn’t know where a poem was going, I should just put an 'I want' in there and see what happens. One of my best loved parts of the movie Flashdance, which is one of my all-time favorite films, is the part where Alex (part exotic dancer, part wannabe ballerina) is in the confessional and her confession is simply, 'I want so much.' And she begins to cry. I want I want I want. But the question of want is different than the question of need. What I want is for the world to open again, for the grief to leave us like some storm in a dream, for us to wake up and be healed. If I’m honest, I also want a sipping shot of very good tequila.
Ada Limón on Preparing the Body for a Reopened World, for Lit Hub
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clowns4melancholy · 3 days ago
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Not only did I show you my breasts,
I showed you my mental illness.
The horoscope page says that I'm tidy on the surface but turbulent on the inside get into it my spinning circle dry wash soaked clothing trapped in the machine that after engaging refuses to open up I'm locked out of the honeymoon suite as he shakes in the corner coming out of his place with strange vigour you are a machine for God's sake is this what love has come to, a drenched denim jacket sleeve skews over the opening seal of his door as a hand soaking in truce, we found the wet we'd been looking for but I end up sick in bed from wearing it too soon I wanted it so badly you see had me meander around dryness in the fast track lane neglecting the single washing line out on my balcony hungry for weight.
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c-reads-sometimes · 4 days ago
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What I Read in March and April :)
March (aka the month where I gave almost everything 4 stars)
- The Raven King by Maggie Steifvater - 4 stars - The last book of the series and I ... kind of wanted to like it more? But like ... what happened! The ending was confusing and rushed in my opinion. But I loved the rest and this is one of my favorite fantasy series as a whole for sure.
- The Carrying by Ada Limon - 4 stars - This is a poetry collection and to be honest I don’t remember much of anything about it except that it was good.
- Sadie by Courtney Summers - 4 stars - A YA thriller that I really enjoyed! I would definitely recommend this though do look for trigger warnings online before reading. Also, I would highly suggest listening to the audiobook since there are sections of the book that are essentially podcast transcripts, and the audio uses a bunch of different voice actors to flesh those segments out.
- A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab - you guessed it, 4 stars - A fascinating fantasy world! Super well developed and easy to understand the magic system. Loved the characters and had a lot of fun reading it. My only problem was pacing - I did not think the end would happen so quickly.
- Normal People by Sally Rooney - 2 stars - This is a popular adult literary romance that I have very mixed feelings about. I mostly liked the story, but the writing style did not work for me at all unfortunately. I actually thought the show was good though!
- The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo - 4 stars - I had already read this but I decided to listen to the audiobook since it is read by the author and the book is written in verse. I'd definitely recommend this book and the audiobook to anyone who likes YA contemporaries.
- Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake - 4.5 stars - This is a YA story that focuses heavily on rape and sexual assault so do consider that before reading. It’s very emotionally heavy and I really felt invested in the characters. It’s not quite 5/5 because the writing style was just a bit too straightforward for my personal taste (I wanted a little more embellishment) but I’d highly recommend as long as the content doesn't bother you.
- A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab - 4 stars - The second book in the Shades of Magic trilogy! I liked this one just as much as the first and I still really love this world and story. I’m posting this in the beginning of May and I have just finished the whole series; overall I really loved it!
April
- Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo - 4 stars - Really interesting and well-done YA historical fiction. I learned a lot reading this and was captivated by the characters and their story. However, I did feel like a few aspects were underdeveloped and the pacing was a little off. But overall, great!
- Kindred (Graphic Novel Adaptation) by Octavia Butler, Damian Duffy, and John Jennings - 3 stars - I read this for a class and I do wonder if I would have enjoyed it more as the original novel just because my biggest issues were with pacing and engagement. Overall it’s a really intriguing concept though and accessible for someone who isn’t familiar with science fiction (which this is). Might try to read the original novel!
- Solitaire by Alice Oseman - 3.5 stars - Alice Oseman is one of my favorite young adult authors, and she wrote this book at 17, which is so impressive! I would say that it’s clear it is the author’s youngest work and it took me a little while to get into it, but I still really enjoyed it. I just had a few issues with feeling connected to the characters and the writing style, which is oddly the complete opposite of how I feel about their other books.
- Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado - 4.5 stars - A fantastic short story collection! I tried to rate each story individually and average them, which came out to ~4 stars, but there were multiple 5 star stories in there for me. My favorites were The Husband Stitch, Real Women Have Bodies, and The Resident. Highly recommend!
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - 4 stars - Shockingly enough I actually read this out of my own volition and not for school, but it ended up being really good! The writing was interesting and the themes were well-developed but still easy to detect. A surprisingly accessible classic!
(Also I know I mentioned it specifically for some of these books and not others but it's probably a good idea to check TWs for most of these if that is a concern to you!)
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ajab-leher · 4 days ago
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when ada limón said 'i am beautiful. i am full of love and i am dying' and when mary oliver said 'i row my beautiful, temporary body through this water-lily world.'
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firstfullmoon · 6 days ago
You have the most amazing poetry taste and knowledge <3 thank your for everything you post here. I was wondering if you could one day make a compilation of natalie diaz and ada limón poems? (I believe they’re even friends) and they are like two of my fave poets right now! <3 have a nice day Pau!
thank you ♡♡♡ they’re two of my favourite poets as well and do you know just yesterday a friend asked me for lesbian poems recs for her gf’s birthday and i put so many natalie diaz poems i’m obsessed with her...my favourites:
“Grief Work”
“It Was the Animals”
“Postcolonial Love Poem”
“If I Should Come Upon Your House Lonely in the West Texas Desert”
“Like Church”
“Skin-Light”
as for ada limón:
“The Great Blue Heron of Dunbar Road”
“The Leash”
“Lies About Sea Creatures”
“Trying”
“What I Didn’t Know Before”
“During the Impossible Age of Everyone”
(but honestly please please read their complete collections!!)
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thescorpioracer · 8 days ago
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Excerpt from “The Great Blue Heron of Dunbar Road,” in Bright Dead Things by Ada Limón
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wistfulfaery · 9 days ago
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Normal People, Jane Austen, and the Romance of Walking Around by Scarlett / June, Florence + the Machine / Love Poem with Apologies for my Appearance, Ada Limón / Normal People / King of my Heart, Taylor Swift / Normal People / The Defeated, Linda Gregg / Atlas, UA Fanthorpe
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intimatum · 9 days ago
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Ada Limón, “Love Poem with Apologies for My Appearance,” in: The Carrying: Poems (2018)
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thescorpioracer · 9 days ago
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Excerpt from “Oh Please, Let It Be Lightning,” Bright Dead Things by Ada Limón
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yesjojobirdflyhigh · 13 days ago
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Standing at the swell of the muddy Mississippi
after the urgent care doctor had just said, Well,
sometimes shit happens, I fell fast and hard
for New Orleans all over again. Pain pills swirling
in the purse along with a spell for later. It’s taken
a while for me to admit, I am in a raging battle
with my body, a spinal column thirty-five degrees
bent, vertigo that comes and goes like a DC Comics
villain nobody can kill. Invisible pain is both
a blessing and a curse. You always look so happy,
said a stranger once as I shifted to my good side
grinning. But that day, alone on the riverbank,
brass blaring from the Steamboat Natchez,
out of the corner of my eye, I saw a girl, maybe half my age,
dressed, for no apparent reason, as Wonder Woman.
She strutted by in all her strength and glory, invincible,
eternal, and when I stood to clap (because who wouldn’t have),
she bowed and posed like she knew I needed a myth—
a woman, by a river, indestructible
- Ada Limon | Wonder Woman
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