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You and Yours

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  116 ratings  ·  14 reviews
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- ...more
Paperback, 104 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by BOA Editions Ltd.
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Why a “2” rating? Is it a bad book? Is this book just not for me? Does Nye not say anything worthwhile? Is poetry not something I get? Is this poetry?

Questions I pose for myself. Poetry sound wonderful to me—being able to express thoughts beyond words on the paper. I just don’t see the depth in most of the 49 poems presented. They seem more words on a page, rather than opening my eyes to something beyond. The thoughts seem more prosaic, along with the words.

So is the problem me or Nye?

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A very good collection. Like Honeybee: Poems & Short Prose, this book had some very strong pieces and some much weaker pieces, but was overall, very, very good. I loved "For Mohammed Zeid of Gaza, Age 15," "Frequent Frequent Flyer," and "Sewing, Knitting, Crocheting". I will say I thought this book had less breadth than Honeybee, but it was both earlier and shorter so that is understandable. Some poems, like "The Wreath that Eats Two Ice Cubes" were a bit odd/ rather pointless, but many were ...more
This is the book that I bought and asked the author to sign after she gave the best literary reading I've ever witnessed. Ever. And I've been to hundreds of readings. Some really good ones, too. But this was the best. The BEST.
"Frequent Frequent Flyer" made me laugh without trying to; how many poets can show the humor of our common experience by just telling it. And how many poets can write political poetry without sounding polemic. Instead Nye focuses on the power of language and how warlike our choice of words has become, witness "Dictionary in the Dark" and "Why I Could Not Accept Your Invitation." Again, she "live[s] in the teaspoon, bucket, river, pain, turtle sunning on a brick." She contrasts the rhetoric of wa ...more
Lisa Roney
These are poems that span a huge range of subjects and styles, from the humble domestic scene to shattering world politics, from terse images to story-like prose poems. I kept the book on my bedside table and read a poem or two every evening or so, and this was a good way to approach them, as it let me think about these variations over time. While I found some poems much strong than others, the best ones are fabulous--insightful and kind. They create that all-important typically female connectio ...more
Poems with a Social Conscious

I enjoyed this book. The poems are so immediate in nature, as if I were in the very settings. The poet also lets her opinions be known, without ranting or raging. My favorite poems include "My Perfect Stranger," about planes and ethnicity in a post 9/11 world. A great book for those who love poetry, or are interested in poems that protest war.
There is something in Naomi Shihab Nye's writing that feels genuine and effortless, but to imitate it seems impossible. She is accessible and real, like William Stafford, and just like him her writing never seems to get old. There is no pretension here, no waving words for attention. It is all about the human condition, its span of grace and depravity, in its simplest and truest form. It is painfully honest. It gives more than it takes, and some writing, even some poetry, could learn to do that ...more
a small book of poetry by Naomi Shihab Nye. I still strive to understand poetry and Nye does write so I can understand (generally). Some of her poems are a bit dark, but understandable. I did like her poems and will try more of hers if I can find them. I checked this book out of the Provo library while visiting Margaret.
Fred Kirchner
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I don't read poetry books in a sequential fashion. I tend to flip around and see what I can find. I did very much like the short prose poem about when she started writing. It references Dick and Jane books. Nye loathed them.
I also never finish a book of poetry. Even if I read every poem more than once.
Every time I read poems by Naomi Shihab Nye I am transported to a place where sadnesses are not avoided or denied, but looked at with a fierce curiosity and honesty. Having just finished this book of poetry, I find myself hopeful, but it is a strange hope in a strange world.
Gary Anderson
Naomi Shihab Nye effortlessly blends political and spiritual viewpoints with details and observations of daily life. She finds the common ground between San Antonio, Palestine, and wherever you are.

This collection will generate a range of emotions from its readers. from the Academy of American Poets
Prepare for the 2010 Poets Forum in New York City (October 28-30) by reading Nye's newest book of poetry, and check out the Poets Forum 2010 bookshelf for the latest collections by each of the poets participating in the Poets Forum. Happy reading!
Apr 29, 2013 Josh rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Vivid singularity of time and place gives way to a simultaneously gentle and fierce pathos.
As always, I'm blown away by Nye. She is incredibly gifted.
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Naomi Shihab Nye was born to a Palestinian father and an American mother. During her high school years, she lived in Ramallah in Jordan, the Old City in Jerusalem, and San Antonio, Texas, where she later received her B.A. in English and world religions from Trinity University. She is a novelist, poet and songwriter.

She currently lives in San Antonio, Texas. She was elected a Chancellor of the Acad
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“We walked where the ancient pier juts into the sea.
Stood on the rim of the pool, by the circle
of black boulders. No one saw we were there
and everyone who had ever been there
stood silently in air.

Where else do we ever have to go, and why?”
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