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You Are Here: Poetry in the Natural World by Ada Limon - Hardcover


  • Amanda Montell

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"Lush with lyricism and striking imagery, these poems by Jericho Brown, Diane Seuss, and others contemplate seascapes, backyards, national borders, and built environments where life sings beneath the surface." --Poets & Writers

"Contemporary American poets were asked to reflect on their relationship to the natural world in this evocative anthology of poems edited by U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón . . . The poems range from meditating on planting flowers in a garden to flora and fauna in parks and the wild, and express how each poet has their unique--frequently surprising--relationship to nature." --Seattle Times, "6 books to check out this spring"

"This beautifully curated anthology of 50 previously unpublished poems challenges preconceptions about 'nature poetry' as it meditates on humanity's relationship to the planet . . . This collection stands apart for the strength of its entries and the breadth of its superb meditations on a pressing theme." --Publishers Weekly

"Nature is the unifying theme of this poetry anthology edited by current U.S. poet laureate Ada Limón, who was born and raised in Sonoma County. Each featured poet, including Joy Harjo, Paul Tran, Rigoberto González and more, is invited to tangle with their local landscape to produce previously unpublished work." --San Francisco Chronicle, "22 new works to energize your spring reading"

"Whatever you think 'nature poetry' is, you might be surprised by this collection. Each poet writes about their local landscape in new and sometimes unexpected ways, showcasing a diversity of methods with which to interact with the natural world. It's a slim but powerful volume of poetry that demands you slow down, stop, and immerse yourself in the natural world, if even just for a few minutes." -- BookRiot, "8 New Science Books to Look For in Early 2024"

"The expansive You Are Here surveys both the landscape of the natural world and the landscape of contemporary poetry. Pastoral witness neighbors environmental concern; established talents neighbor emerging voices; lakes and forests neighbor pools and cemeteries. Dear gardeners, bookworms, lumberjacks, cartographers, bird-watchers, scholars, students, poets, and general readers: You Are Here will leave you more attuned to the textures of countryside and country. Language and land become a capacious singularity in Ada Limón's superb compilation." --Terrance Hayes, author of American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin

"The poets in this collection share the richness of their breathing. Rich with noticing, rich with longing, rich with grace, their breath--preserved in poems--become our breathing. The gift here is the true scale of our breath, an interspecies, planetary scale. The scale of gratitude. I am so glad you are here." --Alexis Pauline Gumbs, author of Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals

"A gorgeous collection that captures the bittersweetness of being alive on this planet today. Each poem is a prayer, an elegy, a celebration of the world and our place in it." -- Laurel McCaull, Green Apple Books & Music, San Francisco, California

"A beautiful cross between a Mary Oliver chapbook, and the kindness poetry anthologies edited by James Crews. There are famous names here but also new ones I was happy to discover, all beautifully evoking specific and unique spots in nature for reflection. The introduction by Limón is poetry itself. A perfect poetry collection to have at hand as we move into the growing season." -- Deb Wayman, Fair Isle Books & Gifts, Washington Island, WI

"Ada Limón has an accomplished ear, and in this collection of nature poetry, she gathers poets who know all the ways poetry is for everyone-a collection that is at once a conversation and a chorus and a call to stay in love with and care about the planet. The title comes from the phrase on maps that orient us to our surroundings, so we know where we are and where we can go, and which perfectly encapsulates Limón's vision for this work. If you like poetry and just being outside, pick up this volume." -- Jennifer Martin, Tattered Cover, Denver, CO

"I loved this sparkling, invigorating curated collection edited by Ada Limón, our 24th Poet Laureate of the U.S. It is an homage to the natural world and all it can mean to we humans who have been graced to live within it. The poems selected for inclusion are appropriate for reading by experienced poetry lovers as well as by those who are just beginning to learn to appreciate the art of poetics. Surely you are one of these readers." --Linda Bond, Auntie's Bookstore, Spokane WA

"What a beautiful collection that gets at the need to care for our natural world both in the everyday mundane and the small ways. I felt like I was there on the porches, by the bogs, as well as in the more difficult (and real) imagining of what future generations will never get a chance to see or experience if we don't act." --Morgan DePerno, Bookmarks Winston-Salem, North Carolina