You Are Here

Poetry in the Natural World

Milkweed Editions
Edited and introduced by Ada Limón
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'Whoever you are, you will find yourself and your own world in the expansiveness of this collection.' — Margaret Renkl, New York Times

'A lovely book to take with you to read at the end of your next hike.' — Los Angeles Times

Published in association with the Library of Congress and edited by the twenty-fourth Poet Laureate of the United States, a singular collection of poems reflecting on our relationship to the natural world by fifty of our most celebrated contemporary writers.  

For many years, 'nature poetry' has evoked images of Romantic poets standing on mountain tops. But our poetic landscape has changed dramatically, and so has our planet. Edited and introduced by the twenty-fourth Poet Laureate of the United States, Ada Limón, this book challenges what we think we know about 'nature poetry', illuminating the myriad ways our landscapes — both literal and literary — are changing.

You Are Here Each poem engages with its author’s local landscape — be it the breathtaking variety of flora in a national park, or a lone tree flowering persistently by a bus stop — offering an intimate model of how we relate to the world around us and a beautifully diverse range of voices from across the United States.

Joyful and provocative, wondrous and urgent, this singular collection of poems offers a lyrical reimagining of what 'nature' and 'poetry' are today, inviting readers to experience both anew.

Contributor Bio

Ada Limón is the twenty-fourth U.S. Poet Laureate as well as the author of The Hurting Kind and five other collections of poems. These include, most recently, The Carrying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was named a finalist for the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, and Bright Dead Things, which was named a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Award. Limón is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and American Poetry Review, among others. Born and raised in California, she now lives in Lexington, Kentucky.