Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Sharks in the Rivers” as Want to Read:
Sharks in the Rivers
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Sharks in the Rivers

by
4.25  ·  Rating Details  ·  156 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
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, whe ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Milkweed Editions (first published July 1st 2010)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Sharks in the Rivers, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Sharks in the Rivers

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 343)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Dale Jr.
Aug 18, 2011 Dale Jr. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, 5-star
Recently, I stumbled across the work of Ada Limón online. After reading her poem "Sharks in the Rivers", her book of poetry under the same title was on its way to my mailbox. It has proved itself to be the best find this year thus far and it's going to be a hard one to top.

Poem after poem is soaked with imagery and sounds of flora and fauna, rolling hills and riverbanks. Even her pieces constructed in the realm of a bustling, rushing city return to the comfort and at-home peace of California cou
...more
Ashley
Jun 28, 2013 Ashley rated it really liked it
Each poem breathes so well on the page as Ada Limon traces her life from her childhood in California to work as a writer in New York. No matter the location, nature is in constant flow that shows Ada’s life may not be so simple but lurking through time is always strong wonder, language and imagination.
Liz
Oct 25, 2012 Liz rated it it was amazing
As a "Queens" girl I've never viewed myself as a city girl, although many would beg to differ. If you're from anyone of the five boroughs you're a city kid. There's no denying or hiding in Ana the reflection of her environment within her poetry. I enjoyed how she touched on the simple aspects of daily life. This is my second contemporary poetry book. I definitely connected with her loneliness, sadness, wanting to abandon her immediate environment, and craving for so much more. Her poetry someho ...more
Liz Sanquiche
Apr 12, 2012 Liz Sanquiche rated it it was amazing
As a "Queens" girl I've never viewed myself as a city girl, although many would beg to differ. If you're from anyone of the five boroughs you're a city kid. There's no denying or hiding in Ana the reflection of her environment within her poetry. I enjoyed how she touched on the simple aspects of daily life. This is my second contemporary poetry book. I definitely connected with her loneliness, sadness, wanting to abandon her immediate environment, and craving for so much more. Her poetry someho ...more
Michael
May 09, 2016 Michael rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. Several of Ada's opens really resonated with me. I liked it more for many of the individual poems then I did so much as a collection. still, it was a very enlightening read, with lots if strong imagery. I'd very much recommend reading it.
Laurel L. Perez
May 16, 2015 Laurel L. Perez rated it it was amazing
There is so much life in these poems, woven in between the lines that explore displacement and hope. I couldn't have asked for a more lively discussion of nature, of humanity. Another perfect collection out of Milkweed.
metaphor
Apr 10, 2015 metaphor rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, ada-limon
...harks bite fewer people each year than
New Yorkers do, according to Health Department records.

Then she sends me on my way. Into the City of Sharks.

Through another doorway, I walk to the East River saying,

Sharks are people too.
Sharks are people too.
Sharks are people too.

I write all the things I need on the bottom
of my tennis shoes. I say, Let's walk together.

The sun behind me is like a fire.
Tiny flames in the river's ripples.

I say something to God, but he's not a living thing,
so I say it to the
...more
Meredith
Dec 10, 2015 Meredith rated it it was amazing
There are some real knock-your-socks-off lines in this collection of poverty that is, yes, tangentially about sharks.
Michael
Apr 12, 2011 Michael rated it really liked it
From Sharks in the Rivers by Ada Limón:

This Practice

They say the first thing that goes
is short-term memory. We forget
our keys, we forget the address,
we forget the name of the president.
I like to think it's just a matter of practice—
we've had more time to practice the memory
of our brother's face, our favorite light,
the creek that runs down the center of town.
I want to practice. Like the Russian soldier
who had to make up a word to say how
hard he would fight, said he would fight
firecefully, that's
...more
Kelsey
Apr 19, 2016 Kelsey rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
4.5
Vicki
Nov 16, 2015 Vicki rated it really liked it
Shelves: policy, library-books
Lovely.
Joe
Jul 18, 2016 Joe rated it liked it
Not as stunning as the later collection, but still quite interesting.
Mark Ballinger
Mar 16, 2016 Mark Ballinger rated it really liked it
Recommended to Mark by: New York Times Book Review
Shelves: poetry
I had this as a "not bad" reading at the beginning. Nothing annoying, some clever images. But, the third section, "Fifteen Balls of Feathers" really cooked. This is a 15 part cycle that sings. After that, the book finished strong, including "World Versus Girl", which I particularly liked.
Poets.org from the Academy of American Poets
Prepare for the 2010 Poets Forum in New York City (October 28-30) by reading Limon's newest book of poetry, and check out the Poets Forum 2010 bookshelf for the latest collections by each of the poets participating in the Poets Forum. Happy reading!
Julie Ehlers
Sep 22, 2013 Julie Ehlers rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Some of these poems gave me goosebumps.
Flower Conroy
Flower Conroy rated it liked it
Jul 20, 2016
Chaneli
Chaneli rated it really liked it
Jul 22, 2016
Gemma Lee
Gemma Lee marked it as to-read
Jul 15, 2016
Klara
Klara marked it as to-read
Jul 15, 2016
Caitlin Etherton
Caitlin Etherton marked it as to-read
Jul 14, 2016
Ellie Botoman
Ellie Botoman marked it as to-read
Jul 14, 2016
Natasha Michelle
Natasha Michelle marked it as to-read
Jul 13, 2016
Jen
Jen rated it it was amazing
Jul 12, 2016
Camille Meyers
Camille Meyers is currently reading it
Jul 08, 2016
Devin Galo
Devin Galo marked it as to-read
Jul 03, 2016
Kathryn
Kathryn marked it as to-read
Jul 03, 2016
Rachel E
Rachel E marked it as to-read
Jul 01, 2016
SmarterLilac
SmarterLilac marked it as to-read
Jun 30, 2016
LZ
LZ added it
Jun 22, 2016
Fiona
Fiona rated it liked it
Jun 17, 2016
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Duende
  • Domestic Work: Poems
  • Magic City
  • Speak Low
  • Blood Dazzler
  • Red Suitcase
  • Dark Fields of the Republic
  • Ordinary Sun
  • The Book of Men
  • Fragment of the Head of a Queen: Poems
  • Strike Sparks: Selected Poems, 1980-2002
  • The Book of Light
  • The French Exit
  • Kalakuta Republic
  • The Selected Levis
  • [insert] boy
  • Thunderbird
  • Singing Knives (Poetry Series No 18)
291817
Ada Limón is the author of three books of poetry, Lucky Wreck, This Big Fake World, and Sharks in the Rivers. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from New York University. Limón has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and was one of the judges for the 2013 National Book Award in Poetry. She works as a creative writing i ...more
More about Ada Limon...

Share This Book



“… dearest, can you
tell, I am trying
to love you less.”
1 likes
“Don’t think about Laika in orbit. Don’t think about cringe and catastrophe.” 0 likes
More quotes…