Word Works: Ada Limón
Sat, Apr 14, 2018 at 7pm
The art of the elegy has long been an obsession of poets, but why is it that poetry seems to be the right art form for the exploration of vanishing? Ada Limón’s Word Works talk, entitled "Grief and Release: Poetry as Elegy," will center around how poetry can excavate loss without being emotionally manipulative.
Ada Limón is the author of four books of poetry, including Bright Dead Things, which was named a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry, a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, a finalist for the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award, and one of the Top Ten Poetry Books of the Year by The New York Times. Her other books include Lucky Wreck, This Big Fake World, and Sharks in the Rivers.
She serves on the faculty of Queens University of Charlotte Low Residency MFA program and the 24Pearl Street online program for the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. She also works as a freelance writer splitting her time between Lexington, Kentucky and Sonoma, California.
"Limón’s calling card is her relaxed, winningly unpretentious voice." — One of the Best Poetry Books of 2015, The New York Times
"Ada Limón doesn't write as if she needs us. She writes as if she wants us. Her words reveal, coax, pull, see us. In Bright Dead Things we read desire, ache, what human beings rarely have the heart or audacity to speak of alone—without the help of a poet with the most generous of eyes.” — Nikky Finney
"In Ada Limón’s Bright Dead Things, there’s a fierce jazz and sass ('this life is a fist / of fast wishes caught by nothing, / but the fishhook of tomorrow’s tug.') and there’s sadness—a grappling with death and loss that forces the imagination to a deep response. The radio in her new, rural home warns 'stay safe and seek shelter' and yet the heart seeks love, risk, and strangeness—and finds it everywhere." — Gregory Orr