Ada Limón


Ada Limón is the author of five poetry collections, including The Carrying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. Her fourth book Bright Dead Things was named a finalist for the National Book Award, a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for Poetry,  she serves on the faculty of Queens University of Charlotte Low Residency M.F.A program and lives in Lexington, Kentucky. Source

The Conditional

Say tomorrow doesn't come.


Say the moon becomes an icy pit.


Say the sweet-gum tree is petrified.


Say the sun's a foul black tire fire.


Say the owl's eyes are pinpricks.


Say the raccoon's a hot tar stain.


Say the shirt's plastic ditch-litter.


Say the kitchen's a cow's corpse.


Say we never get to see it: bright


future, stuck like a bum star, never


coming close, never dazzling.


Say we never meet her. Never him.


Say we spend our last moments staring


at each other, hands knotted together,


clutching the dog, watching the sky burn.


Say, It doesn't matter. Say, That would be


enough. Say you'd still want this: us alive,


right here, feeling lucky.





Literary Movements:


Anthology Years:



Doubt & Fear

Love & Relationships


Science & Climate

Literary Devices:


a figure of speech in which words repeat at the beginning of successive clauses, phrases, or sentences


a comparison between two unrelated things through a shared characteristic