Monday, February 25, 2019

Writing for people …

… The Carrying by Ada Limòn review – from the heart, unvarnished | Books | The Guardian. (Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)

What is particularly unusual is that Limón finds an ardour in compromise, making her peace with childlessness and with life’s imperfection. It seems that this period of trying to conceive has pushed her poetry to its limit, that it exists on the frontier between something and nothing. It describes an effortful time that makes these apparently effortless, quick-release poems all the more merciful and beautiful. There is nothing self-indulgent here but there is humorous self-assertion. In Prey she advises: “Don’t be the mouse” – and she isn’t.

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