How to Triumph like a Girl (a recitation)

On July 12, The Library of Congress named Ada Limón the 24th poet laureate of the U.S. Limón writes and teaches in Sonoma, California, where she is from. She also resides in Kentucky.

Limón earned an MFA from New York University and is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including the New Yorker, Harvard Review, Pleiades, and Barrow Street.

Limón is the author of the poetry collections The Hurting Kind (2022, Milkweed Editions); The Carrying (2018, Milkweed Editions), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry; Bright Dead Things (2015, Milkweed Editions), a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Books Critics Circle Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award; Sharks in the Rivers (2010, Milkweed Editions); Lucky Wreck (2005, Autumn House Press, reissued 2021); and This Big Fake World (2005, Pearl Editions). (Poetry Foundation)

Thank you for visiting, reading, and viewing! Be well. 💗 Michele

Poem source: Poetry Foundation

Photo 1: by Kwadrat, Photo 2: Ada Limón, wcnc

© 2022 Michele Lee Sefton

95 thoughts on “How to Triumph like a Girl (a recitation)

      1. I am glad you enjoyed the poem, Pat. The more I read it, the more I loved it. That happens. Poems, even those that seem simple, often have many layers to uncover, while staying covered. 😁

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  1. So wonderful poem by the great Author Ada Lemon and you reading this poem fantastic voice and
    enjoyed so nicely by me 😊🌷🙏♥️👍🏻 very true poem lines and nowadays our girls and lady horses it is
    Possible to compare that don’t underestimate our girls , so speedily they moving , so awesome 😊
    You wrote the article about the great Author , actually I admiring !! So empowering article and
    Your friend and you dear so beautiful to see in photos ,Grace Wishes dear you two 🌷🙏♥️😊

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      1. Interestingly enough I have had two mares. One was a lovely horse and the other was a real hot head who had strong opinions! I sold her but she went onto great success as a jumper. Dressage was just not her thing. But your poem reminds me of her.

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    1. I am pleased you enjoyed Limon’s poem. Thank you very much, Lynn, for your kind support and for sharing your own experience having first-hand experience with the magnificent creatures. Yes! Enjoy your Sunday.

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      1. I still get a bit of soreness in the ribs if I sit too long and there is still a bit of nerve damage in the top of my arm. But I am really fortunate it wasn’t worst and avoided any head injury. The hard bit now is getting on top of my weight gain and getting back to where I was before the accident. Thank you for your care! Lynn

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      2. Thank goodness you avoided a head injury! I understand about recovering from an accident. Years ago, I had a serious back and pelvis injury. I am very fortunate too. I thank God every day for my ability to move. 🙏🏻 The healing journey is a challenging one, but you will get there. Be patient with yourself and the process. 💖

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  2. Oh Michele my Belle, you did a beautiful recitation of Ada Limón’s poem. I saw where the Library of Congress announced her appointment on the 12th. How exciting! I am so happy to see so many diverse women representing this position that was once dominated by men! 👏🏻👏🏽👏 Now, talk about triumphing like a girl, or warrior woman! 🙆🏽‍♀️💁🏼‍♀️👩🏼‍🦰👩‍⚖️ Enjoy the rest of our weekend my dancing queen. Cheers! 🤗🥂😍

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    1. Thank you, Kymbelina. It was a late Thursday thought. Friday read-through then recite. Mostly! 😆 It helped that it was on the shorter side. Yes, it is exciting to see a change in the Poet guards! 🙌🏼🙌🏻🙌🏾🙌🏽 Wishing you an inspired and relaxing Sunday. 🤗🥰 It’s raining here, so I am thrilled!! I might dance in it!! 🌧️💃🏻

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      1. First of all…it’s RAINING, or probably since I am just responding, it has rained! ☂🌦🌂 I hope it cooled things down a bit! Girl, you never know when inspiration will hit, so just be prepared when it does! LOL 🤣😆😂 Like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, sing and dance in the rain all you want, or better yet dance and recite poetry in the rain! Talk about thrilling!!! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and here’s to a FANtabulous week ahead my dancing queen. 🌞✨🥰💐🤩💋😘💖🤗🌺💃 Hugs and smooches!

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      1. No… not the topic….just that you want so much for the person to hit all the high notes …but you’re just not sure….but my concern regarding your reading vanished mid first line …again…well done.

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      2. You must be an empathetic person, to care so much how others do. 😊 As for me, even if I don’t hit all the “high notes” I am learning and growing. Thank you very much. 🙏🏻

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  3. I enjoyed reading the NYT’s article about Ada. Though I am a poetry lover, I had not heard of her. I immediately ordered her books. I love the above poem and also the one about “being seen”.
    Your video is lovely.

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  4. Lia

    When I first came across Ada Limon’s poetry in some lit mag, it blew my mind. She deeply understands and expresses the female experience. What a great poem to showcase. I came across this one the other day too (the title is captivating!), when the laureate was announced. We are on the same page. :)) I admire your bravery and skills. You stand fully in your light, which sets a great example of triumphing. Thanks for sharing. <33

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    1. Lia, I was excited to see a poem from you and now this refreshing comment. Thank you very much. I am grateful for your time and for learning about your prior interest in Limón’s work. I do not feel brave – just a teacher. Thank you though. Your comment about standing fully in my light is beautiful. 💗

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    1. This poem revealed its true power and message to me after a few reads. It is an interesting one and reading it aloud allowed me to experience the powerful message she was conveying. Thank you very much for watching and commenting, Jaya. I appreciate it!

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