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Lucky Wreck

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The winner of the 2005 Autumn House Press Poetry Prize, selected by Jean Valentine. Ada Limon's first full-length poetry book--startling and funny--Limon is a poet to keep your eye one.
Paperback, 88 pages
Published January 10th 2006 by Autumn House
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Patricia Murphy
Sep 10, 2014 Patricia Murphy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
From the first line I was enamored. "We solved the problem of the wind/with an orange." Who would not want to read on? And I did enjoy the rest.

Some favorite moments:

I want to start every sentence with
Let me tell you something, mister.

You there, I am collapsing, is it as
adorable as it feels?

I am no longer a public space.

It's remarkable how a mood can change everything

Forgive me, I have broken more
than most of my own rules.
Nov 29, 2016 Phillip rated it liked it
Shelves: art, own, poetry
Delightful Visual Sing Song Poetry. Touch unrefined compared to later work.
Oct 23, 2010 Michael rated it it was amazing
from lucky wreck by Ada Limón:

The Circus Folk Find Fault in Their Own Humanness

The circus of us
is constantly leaving,
the elephants down the midway,
my little bone baby, my tented
world of un-machines.

Yes, we've killed most everything:
the caspian tiger,
the javan
and, it's true,
the bali are all gone.

Still, our finest failure,
our human parts uncovered and
raw like a tiger wound
we cannot find a reason to touch one another
without a grasping audience in the room.
Arlene Ang
Nov 17, 2008 Arlene Ang rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
WOW. This is brilliant. Every time I read this, I learn something about writing and the appeal of nonlinear poetry.
Dec 21, 2009 Valerie rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, male-writer
My favorite poems in the book:

The Lost Glove
Thirteen Feral Cats
The Different Ways of Leaving
All Kinds of Shipwrecks
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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 ...more
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