Ada Limón became the 24th poet laureate of the United States in July 2022. She is the author of several poetry collections, including The Carrying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry; Bright Dead Things, a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Books Critics Circle Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award; and Sharks in the Rivers. Her work also has appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, Harvard Review, Pleiades, and Barrow Street. Limón is the host of the podcast The Slowdown. “I have always been too sensitive, a weeper / from a long line of weepers,” she writes. “I am the hurting kind.” What does it mean to be the hurting kind? To be sensitive to the world’s pain and joys and to divine the relationships between us all? To perceive ourselves in other beings? In The Hurting Kind (Milkweed Editions), Limón explores those questions and more as she incorporates others’ stories and ways of knowing, always reaching a place of startling insight. There are flashes of the pandemic, ghosts whose presence manifests in unexpected memories. But The Hurting Kind is filled, above all, with connection and the delight of being in the world.