I’ve felt the strange envy Ada Limón names in “I Remember the Carrots,” the poem from which her fourth collection draws its title: jealousy of the wild order on earth. Recounting that she pulled up her father’s carrot crop, she writes: “I loved them: my own bright dead things. / I’m thirty-five and remember all that I’ve done wrong. / Yesterday I was nice, but in truth I resented / the contentment of the field.” Throughout the book, Limón struggles between oneness with nature and fury that she cannot ultimately, fully, have such a peace.

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In a moment of extreme loneliness last year I called my closest brother and he told me, “You live where there are mountains now, go put yourself next to one and remember that you belong to something.” Limón’s poetry returns me to this most cathartic advice. She puts us in congress with her and now we’re all in the field, each of us, striving animals.
— Review of Bright Dead Things by Ada Limón

Interviews & Scholarship

The Water Will Hold You: On Lidia Yuknavitch's The Chronology of Water — Critical Innovations, Palgrave 2018

Almae Matres: On Lidia Yuknavitch's The Chronology of Water — Bayou Magazine, March 2015

Interview with Billy Collins — Mittenlit, October 2009

Interview with Thomas Lynch — Mittenlit, November 2008

 

Reviews

Bright Dead Things by Ada Limón
—Northwest Review of Books

The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch — Lambda Literary

Carry the Sky by Kate Gray — Lambda Literary

Spheres of Disturbance by Amy Schutzer — Lambda Literary

The Possibilities of Mud by Joe Jimenez — Lambda Literary

Tiger Heron by Robin Becker — Lambda Literary