Sharks in the Rivers

Product Number: EB00646292
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781571318183
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
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The speaker in this extraordinary collection finds herself multiply dislocated: from her childhood in California, from her family's 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 LimOn reminds us, even rats find themselves trapped by the garbage cans they've crawled into. In such a world, how should one proceed? Throughout Sharks in the Rivers, LimOn 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 person's mouth "is the same / mouth as everyone's, all trying to say the same thing." For LimOn, it's 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."

Author(s): Ada Limon
Genre: Poetry
Original Publish Date: Jul 01, 2010

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