Monday, May 15, 2017

“Instructions on Not Giving Up" by Ada Limón

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May 15, 2017

Instructions on Not Giving Up

Ada Limón

About This Poem


"It was a hard winter. My whole body raged against it. But right as the world feels uninhabitable, something miraculous happens: the trees come back. I wanted to praise that ordinary thing as a way of bringing myself back too."
—Ada Limón


Ada Limón is the author of Bright Dead Things (Milkweed Editions, 2015). She teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte and at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and lives in Lexington, Kentucky.


Photo credit: Jude Domsky


Poetry by Limón


Bright Dead Things

(Milkweed Editions, 2015)

"SONNET (silenced)" by Olena Kalytiak Davis


"I shall forget you presently, my dear (Sonnet IV)" by Edna St. Vincent Millay


"Half-Hearted Sonnet" by Kim Addonizio




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