Title: The Carrying
Author: Ada Limon
Published: August 14, 2018
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
Total Pages: 120 pages
Topics Include: Love, Infertility, Sex, Life, and Life Experiences
Back Of The Book Synopsis: In The National Book Word and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Bright Dead Things, Ada Limon showed us a heart “giant with power, heavy with blood.” The Carrying continues further and deeper into the bloodstream, following the hard-won truth of what it means to live in an imperfect world.
Ada Limon is not someone I was familiar with before getting her poetry from the library. I wanted to read something new and refreshing. After reading the synopsis, I was intrigued to read The Carrying. I was introduced to poetry about infertility, power, the body, and nature. Limon showed me a different side of poetry that left me wanting more.
My favorite poem: The Raincoat
“When the doctor suggested surgery
and a brace for all my youngest years,
my parents scrambled to take me
to massage therapy, deep tissue work,
osteopathy, and soon my crooked spine
unspooled a bit, I could breathe again,
and move more in a body unclouded
by pain. My mom would tell me to sing
songs to her the whole forty-five-minute
drive to Middle Two Rock Road and forty-
five minutes back from physical therapy.
She’d say that even my voice sounded unfettered
by my spine afterward. So I sang and sang,
because I thought she liked it. I never
asked her what she gave up to drive me,
or how her day was before this chore. Today,
at her age, I was driving myself home from yet
another spine appointment, singing along
to some maudlin but solid song on the radio,
and I saw a mom take her raincoat off
and give it to her young daughter when
a storm took over the afternoon. My god,
I thought, my whole life I’ve been under her
raincoat thinking it was somehow a marvel
that I never got wet.”
The Carrying By Ada Limon is a poetry book that speaks on intense topics such as infertility, relationships that change overtime, body changes and self reflection. The title “The Carrying” resonates with each poem because each poem was carrying a certain emotion, experience or tone. Limon creates poetry that seems like a retelling of an experience at first but then there is a deeper element and tone in every poem that she writes. As a reader, each poem captured my attention and made me become more curious as to what was on the next page.
Limon’s poetry is written like a novel because there were characters, a climax, beginning, middle and end. There are many poems that have a deep-seated complex and undertone which gives each poem a heavy impact. The poetry is a creative way of understanding the experiences that the poet has been through. There were only one or two poems where I found myself needing to reread a few times to understand but there were quite a few poems that I could not get out of my mind. The writing style of the poetry was a narrative but the words were captivating and serious.
I would recommend this poetry to an adult audience because of the context and themes of the poetry. The author gave powerful poems that emphasized her title “The Carrying.” My favorite poems would have to be about nature and infertility. The nature and infertility poems were emotional and interesting to read because of how Limon was able to combine both topics into poetry. There were certain lines that resonated with me well after finishing Limon’s book. Overall, being introduced to this poet for the first time, the author makes me curious to read more of her poetry. I highly recommend The Carrying if you are looking for poetry to leave you wanting more.
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