November 14, 2022 7:53 AM EST

In her sixth collection of poetry, The Hurting Kind, Ada Limón seeks to find the intimate connections between the seemingly disparate in the everyday: humans and the natural world, the living and the dead, the intellectual and the spiritual. The collection’s title is apt—it is a testament to the innate power of feeling, whether grief, rage, or tenderness. For Limón, the current Poet Laureate of the United States, who declares herself “too sensitive, a weeper… the hurting kind,” even the seemingly banal facets of our existence deserve not only observation, but also empathy and amazement. —Cady Lang

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