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The speaker in this extraordinary collection finds herself multiply dislocated: from her childhood in California, from her familys roots in Mexico, from a dying parent, from her prior self. The world is always in motion — both toward and away from us—and it is also full of risk: from sharks unexpectedly lurking beneath estuarial rivers to the dangers of New York City, where, as Limón reminds us, even rats find themselves trapped by the garbage cans theyve crawled into. In such a world, how should one proceed? Throughout Sharks in the Rivers, Limón suggests that we must cleave to the world as it “keep[s] opening before us,” for, if we pay attention, we can be one with its complex, ephemeral, and beautiful strangeness. Loss is perpetual, and each persons mouth “is the same / mouth as everyones, all trying to say the same thing.” For Limón, its the saying—individual and collective — that transforms each of us into “a wound overcome by wonder,” that allows “the wind itself” to be our “own wild whisper.”

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"Vigor, intensity, and informality mark the volatile free verse of this third collection from Limón (this big fake world), who pays homage at once to the dangers in this world (and in the lives of her sometimes ill-fated acquaintances) and to the desires that drive us on. One page hopes ''to be utterly lost','' 'to hide underneath Highway Twelve/ and listen to the automobiles go by'' another implores, ' 'Sumptuous mountain, midnight milkweed,/ come to the valley of neon and no-crying.' Her sensibility draws her to wild landscapes of the West: California's Russian River, backcountry Washington State, and the Rio Grande valley, where Aztec myths seem at home in our day: of interest to some for the poet's Latino heritage, these sinewy odes, sexy glimpses ('my invisible birds are still intact') and visionary reminiscences should also appeal to readers who treasure the work of Jack Gilbert. Her lyric sequences use their power to scare, but also to reassure: 'Don't worry,' Limón declares, 'I don't believe that hummingbirds are in love with me,/ no gods are ever in love with us.' She has, the poems say, been in love herself--with people, mountains, and with day and with the night in which 'The swinging sky patterns/ itself after the inside of a giant quiver.' (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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ISBN:
9781571314383
Author:
Limon, Ada
Publisher:
Milkweed Editions
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Ada Lim
Subject:
American - Hispanic American
Subject:
General-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20101031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Vigor, intensity, and informality mark the volatile free verse of this third collection from Limón (this big fake world), who pays homage at once to the dangers in this world (and in the lives of her sometimes ill-fated acquaintances) and to the desires that drive us on. One page hopes ''to be utterly lost','' 'to hide underneath Highway Twelve/ and listen to the automobiles go by'' another implores, ' 'Sumptuous mountain, midnight milkweed,/ come to the valley of neon and no-crying.' Her sensibility draws her to wild landscapes of the West: California's Russian River, backcountry Washington State, and the Rio Grande valley, where Aztec myths seem at home in our day: of interest to some for the poet's Latino heritage, these sinewy odes, sexy glimpses ('my invisible birds are still intact') and visionary reminiscences should also appeal to readers who treasure the work of Jack Gilbert. Her lyric sequences use their power to scare, but also to reassure: 'Don't worry,' Limón declares, 'I don't believe that hummingbirds are in love with me,/ no gods are ever in love with us.' She has, the poems say, been in love herself--with people, mountains, and with day and with the night in which 'The swinging sky patterns/ itself after the inside of a giant quiver.' (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
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