The Hurting Kind

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About the Author
Ada Limón is the author of The Hurting Kind, as well as five other collections of poems. These include, most recently, The Carrying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was named a finalist for the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, and Bright Dead Things, which was named a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Award. Limón is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and American Poetry Review, among others. She is the former host of American Public Media's weekday poetry podcast The Slowdown. Born and raised in California, she now lives in Lexington, Kentucky.
Praise for The Hurting Kind
An Indie Next Selection for May 2022
A Publishers Weekly "Top Ten Most Anticipated Book of Poetry" for Spring 2022
A Literary Hub "Most Anticipated Book of 2022"
A Books Are Magic "Most Anticipated Book of Spring 2022"A New York Times, "100 Notable Books of 2022"
Longlisted for the Brooklyn Public Library Book Prize
"So grateful am I for Limóoacute;n's powerfully observant eye. There are many wonderful poems here and a handful of genuine masterpieces . . . The Hurting Kind is packed with quiet celebrations of the quotidian . . . Limón forces herself to confront, again and again in these poems, nature's unwillingness to yield its secrets-it's one of her primary subjects. The seemingly abundant wisdom of the nature world is really a vision of her own searching reflection . . . Limón is great company in the presence of the inchoate, able and willing to stand with her readers before the frightening mysteries and hopeful uncertainties of the everyday."--New York Times Book Review"I can always rely on an Ada Limón poem to give me hope, but Limón's poems don't give us the kind of facile Hallmark hope; rather, her hope is hard-earned, even laced with grief or happiness . . . Limón is a master at making a simple idea (that of hindsight, seeing the bright side of things) askew. 'And so I have/two brains now, ' she writes. 'Two entirely different brains.' Limón gives us two brains in her poems, too, revealing new ways to view the world."--Victoria Chang, New York Times Magazine"In her sixth collection of poetry, The Hurting Kind, Ada Limón seeks to find the intimate connections between the seemingly disparate in the everyday: humans and the natural world, the living and the dead, the intellectual and the spiritual. The collection's title is apt--it is a testament to the innate power of feeling, whether grief, rage, or tenderness. For Limón, the current Poet Laureate of the United States, who declares herself 'too sensitive, a weeper... the hurting kind, ' even the seemingly banal facets of our existence deserve not only observation, but also empathy and amazement."--TIME Magazine, 100 Must Read Books of 2022
"Limón's poems are unique for the deep attention they pay to both the world's wounds and its redemptive beauty. In otherwise dark times, they have the power to open us up to the wonder and awe that the world still inspires."--The Ezra Klein Show "[Ada Limón] is one of my all-time favorite writers, someone whose work I return to again and again for solace, inspiration, and truth."--Nicole Chung, The Atlantic"For poet Ada Limón, evidence of poetry is everywhere. It connects big ideas--like fear, isolation, even death--with little details--like field sparrows, a box of matches, or 'the body moving / freely.' The award-winning poet's sixth and latest collection, The Hurting Kind, is a testament to the power of such sensitivity . . . The power of attention, Limón conveys, is in finding out just how an individual's experience might fit into the collective experience. But in The Hurting Kind Limón takes her method even further to ask: Isn't wonder enough?