#DecolonizeBookshelves2022 Adult Books Lifespan of a Reader Poetry Poetry Friday Reading Themes

[Poetry Friday] Enough With Words

... She gets a kick out of it, this runaway child so overly loved, she could dare to drift away from it all." - Ada Limon, Runaway Child

Myra here.

Thank you to Sarah Grace Tuttle for hosting this week.


This year, we hope to feature books that fit any of the following criteria:

  1. Postcolonial literature and/or [pre/post] revolutionary stories
  2. Stories by indigenous / first-nation peoples / people of colour
  3. Narratives of survival and healing, exile and migration, displacement and dispossession
  4. Books written or illustrated by people who have been colonized, oppressed, marginalized

The Hurting Kind (Amazon | Book Depository)

Poetry by Ada Limón
Published by Milkweed Editions (2022) ISBN: 9781639550494 Bought a copy of the book. Book photos taken by me and edited using an iPhone app.

It has been months since I joined our Poetry Friday community. My current work responsibilities make it nearly impossible for me to post regularly and to also visit friends’ blogs which make me feel extremely guilty. I hope that there will come a time when I would be able to manage my time a bit better and I can take part once again in enriching and lovely conversations with friends in the kidlitosphere. Please do know that while I may not leave comments on your blogposts, I am eager to get back to doing this in time and that I am sending you all my well wishes.

I bought a copy of this book while spending the summer this year with family in the Bay Area. Ada Limon was just named the 24th Poet Laureate of the United States (the first Latina American to hold this post), and she just published The Hurting Kind. The book found me again after my trip to The Netherlands (see my discovery of Dutch novelist, Cees Nooteboom here) when I was searching for poetry to quiet my spirit. There were several that spoke deeply to me, but none like the one I am sharing with you below: The End Of Poetry. I hope it manages to find you, too, at the perfect time.


#DecolonizeBookshelves2022 Update: 96 out of target 100

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

4 comments on “[Poetry Friday] Enough With Words

  1. Sarah Tuttle

    Myra, I’m glad to see your post today! I’ve only been dipping in and out of Poetry Friday for the past little while, and it’s been wonderful to return and feel welcomed. So, welcome back! And, thank you for sharing your love of Ada Limon’s work! What a powerful poem.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. maryleehahn

    A small group of us met weekly during August to discuss this book section by section. It was SUCH a good book, and made even better by reading it slowly and talking about it!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I downloaded THE HURTING KIND just a week ago and am spending time with Limon’s words, too. Oof.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Pingback: [Monday Reading] Falling In Love With Dutch Novelist Cees Nooteboom – Gathering Books

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