Sharks in the Rivers (Paperback)

By Ada Limon

Milkweed Editions, 9781571314383, 95pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2010

List Price: 15.00*
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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 usand 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 sayingindividual and collective that transforms each of us into a wound overcome by wonder, that allows the wind itself to be our own wild whisper.