Ada Limón returns to the Miami Book Fair to celebrate her new appointment as the 24th U.S. Poet Laureate and The Hurting Kind, an astonishing collection about interconnectedness between the human and nonhuman, ancestors and ourselves. What does it mean to be the hurting kind? To be sensitive not only to the world’s pain and joys, but to the meanings that bend in the scrim between the natural world and the human world? To divine the relationships between us all? To perceive ourselves in other beings – and to know that those beings are resolutely their own, that they “do not / care to be seen as symbols”? With Limón’s remarkable ability to trace thought, The Hurting Kind explores those questions – incorporating others’ stories and ways of knowing, making surprising turns, and always reaching a place of startling insight. Presented in partnership with the Library of Congress and O, Miami; moderated by Robert Casper, head of Poetry and Literature at the Library of Congress.
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