Ada Limón Poems

Ada Limón is the author of five books of poetry and is a current Guggenheim Fellow. Her collection The Carrying won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, and her fourth book, published in 2015, Bright Dead Things, was a finalist for the National Book Award. She has won numerous other awards, and her work has appeared in publications like the New Yorker, Harvard Review, and others. She currently works at the Queen’s University of Charlotte Low Residency MFA program.


by Ada Limón

‘Wife’ by Ada Limón investigates how women are portrayed within their marriages and challenges the patriarchal mindset that women have to be submissive to their husbands.

I’m not yet comfortable with the word,

its short clean woosh that sounds like

life. At dinner last night my single girls

said in admonition, “It’s not wife-approved”

about a friend’s upcoming trip.

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