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In You and Yours, Naomi Shihab Nye continues her conversation with ordinary people whose lives become, through her empathetic use of poetic language, extraordinary. Nye writes of local life in her inner-city Texas neighborhood, about rural schools and urban communities she’s visited in this country, as well as the daily rituals of Jews and Palestinians who live in the war-torn Middle East.

The Day

I missed the day

on which it was said

others should not have

certain weapons, but we could.

Not only could, but should,

and do.

I missed that day.

Was I sleeping?

I might have been digging

in the yard,

doing something small and slow

as usual.

Or maybe I wasn’t born yet.

What about all the other people

who aren’t born?

Who will tell them?

Balancing direct language with a suggestive “aslantness,” Nye probes the fragile connection between language and meaning. She never shies from the challenge of trying to name the mysterious logic of childhood or speak truth to power in the face of the horrors of war. She understands our lives are marked by tragedy, inequity, and misunderstanding, and that our best chance of surviving our losses and shortcomings is to maintain a heightened awareness of the sacred in all things.

Naomi Shihab Nye, poet, editor, anthologist, is a recipient of writing fellowships from the Lannan and Guggenheim foundations. Nye’s work has been featured on PBS poetry specials including NOW with Bill Moyers, The Language of Life with Bill Moyers, and The United States of Poetry. She has traveled abroad as a visiting writer on three Arts America tours sponsored by the United States Information Agency. In 2001 she received a presidential appointment to the National Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities. She lives in San Antonio, Texas.

Review:

"Redemptive moments and struggling households from south Texas to the Middle East dominate the ample, likable latest collection from the prolific Nye (The Space Between Our Footsteps; Fuel, etc.), whose Palestinian-American heritage forms part of the staging of these poems: 'What countries may we/ sing into?/ What lines should we all/ be crossing?' her opening poem asks, and the two halves of her volume provide calm answers. Part one covers Nye's personal experience, at home with her child in San Antonio or as a 'Frequent Frequent Flyer' enjoying the sights of Scotland. Witty prose poems alternate with clean-lined, moving verse reminiscent at times of Stanley Kunitz. Part two covers the Middle East with indignity and compassion, considering the blameless citizens for whom 'to be able to say/ this is a day and I live in it safely,/ for those I love, was all.' Nye has produced several volumes of poetry (and a novel) for children and teens: the careful simplicities (and the attempted optimism) here sometimes keep younger readers in mind. Yet she retains a grownup's sense of our common failings, as when she compares Palestinians in particular, and human beings in general, to flying cranes: 'If the ground satisfied their dreams,' she muses, 'the sky would miss them.' (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

A beloved, best-selling American poet with an international reputation celebrates the sacred in all things.

About the Author

NAOMI SHIHAB NYE, poet, editor, anthologist, is a recipient of writing fellowships from the Lannan and Guggenheim Foundations. Nye's work has been featured on PBS poetry specials including "NOW with Bill Moyers,""The Language of Life with Bill Moyers" and "The United States of Poetry." She has read her poetry on Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion and at The United Nations.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781929918690
Author:
Nye, Naomi Shihab
Publisher:
BOA Editions
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
Single Author / American
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
American Poets Continuum
Series Volume:
93
Publication Date:
20050931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
104
Dimensions:
9.1 x 6 x 0.2 in 5.2 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Redemptive moments and struggling households from south Texas to the Middle East dominate the ample, likable latest collection from the prolific Nye (The Space Between Our Footsteps; Fuel, etc.), whose Palestinian-American heritage forms part of the staging of these poems: 'What countries may we/ sing into?/ What lines should we all/ be crossing?' her opening poem asks, and the two halves of her volume provide calm answers. Part one covers Nye's personal experience, at home with her child in San Antonio or as a 'Frequent Frequent Flyer' enjoying the sights of Scotland. Witty prose poems alternate with clean-lined, moving verse reminiscent at times of Stanley Kunitz. Part two covers the Middle East with indignity and compassion, considering the blameless citizens for whom 'to be able to say/ this is a day and I live in it safely,/ for those I love, was all.' Nye has produced several volumes of poetry (and a novel) for children and teens: the careful simplicities (and the attempted optimism) here sometimes keep younger readers in mind. Yet she retains a grownup's sense of our common failings, as when she compares Palestinians in particular, and human beings in general, to flying cranes: 'If the ground satisfied their dreams,' she muses, 'the sky would miss them.' (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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A beloved, best-selling American poet with an international reputation celebrates the sacred in all things.
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