Poetry can reclaim our humanity as we’ve “been bouncing from trauma to trauma.

Ada Limón

Award-winning poet Ada Limón is making history: The Library of Congress announced Tuesday that it has named her the 24th poet laureate of the U.S.

As Limón takes up the storied position this fall and travels around the country, she intends to share two things she believes about poetry: It gives us a way to “reclaim our humanity,” and it can help repair our relationship with the planet.

But for starters, she’s basking in the news and the moment.

“The reeling has not stopped,” Limón said, laughing, speaking on the phone ahead of the formal announcement.

Limón is the renowned author of six books of poetry. “The Carrying,” published in 2018, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry; her 2015 book, “Bright Dead Things,” was a National Book Award finalist.

In “The Hurting Kind,” Limón’s latest book, published in May, she weaves indelible snapshots of experiences and people — both living and dead — with unforgettable images of the flowers, trees and animals around her or lovingly dredged from her memories.

“We’re still in the middle of a pandemic — bouncing from trauma to trauma,” said Limón, who is the first female U.S. poet laureate of Latino and Mexican American heritage. “It’s been such a tormented time.” Poetry, she said, is a way to connect to feelings, emotions and even stillness.

Limón, who lives in Kentucky, fell in love with poetry in her teens. She remembers asking whether she could keep a school test because it had a poem in it. At 15, when she started working at a bookstore in her hometown, Sonoma, California, she would gravitate to the poetry shelves and read in her free time.

Now she’ll be part of a distinguished list of laureates that includes poets she has read and admired for decades.

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