Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “I Feel a Little Jumpy Around You: A Book of Her Poems & His Poems Collected in Pairs” as Want to Read:
I Feel a Little Jumpy Around You: A Book of Her Poems & His Poems Collected in Pairs
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

I Feel a Little Jumpy Around You: A Book of Her Poems & His Poems Collected in Pairs

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  102 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
In this award-winning anthology, the editors grouped almost 200 poems into pairs to demonstrate the different ways in which male and female poets see the same topics. How women see men, how boys see girls, and how we all see the world -- often in very different ways, but suprisingly, wonderfully, sometimes very much the same.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Simon Pulse (first published 1996)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about I Feel a Little Jumpy Around You, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about I Feel a Little Jumpy Around You

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Maeve
Feb 01, 2012 Maeve rated it liked it
Shelves: eced-221
This book is a grouping of poems that are written and paired up by both men and women. The poems in this book are about how men and women relate and see things either differently or the same about the world. The poems are divided into four sections related to life topics.
This book of poems does meet a lot of the criteria for poems. Many of the poems in this book do not rhyme, but many poems do not have to. The words used in the poems to create imagery are great. They are specific, but not overl
...more
Sarah
Mar 22, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it
I shouldn't write this...but I used to hate poetry and I use the word "hate" in the strongest way. Then I realized, after convinced by my professor, I just needed to find poetry that was engaging and interesting. He recommended this book, which is a collection of poems paired in unique ways. The book is broken up into various themes and presents poems in pairs, one written by a male and the other written by a female. The comparisons the editors imply by the pairing of their chosen poems is reall ...more
Nyla
Dec 02, 2014 Nyla rated it liked it
This book was kind of random and made me really think. the poems where different from each other even though they came in like pairs you had to actually read it a few times to fin the connection between them. there was this one poem though that I really thought was interesting because the writer was telling the story from when he was little and how his dad came to america. then the writer start telling you how his dad die. how he was a drink but he worked hard to give them a good life. but in al ...more
Hillary
some were funny and some were kinda sad...but i loved them all
Julie
Jun 12, 2012 Julie added it
Shelves: ya
Nye and Janeczko have each independently produced worthy poetry anthologies (This Same Sky, 12/92, Wherever Home Begins, 11/95); here they join forces for a collection with a twist. The poems come in pairs, the male-authored entry always leading and the female-authored one always getting the last word. The coupled poems sometimes share a subject, sometimes a setting, sometimes a theme or an image (Agha Shahid Ali's "Snowman" and Robin Boody Galguera's "Alloy" both address questions of culture, E ...more
Rebecca
May 09, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
This book is just my type of book! I love it so much because it's filled with romance poems! All kinds of love poems actually, like: a boy likeing a girl poem, a family love poem, a husband and wife love poem, a dog and it's owner love poem... and much more. Some of them are pretty funny but some of them are really sad and serious. Just the way i like them! It's like a short storry that twist and turns, first it's complicated then its happy then sad and the happy agin. It's just interesting the ...more
Wendy
Feb 09, 2013 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, poetry
I picked this up because I was in the mood for a little poetry, and I liked the title. I found some real gems in there -- poems I will keep and reread many times, I'm sure. Many about the difficulty of life's decisions and the travails of sustaining relationships with others. Really powerful stuff. I would expect no less from Naomi Shihab Nye, an amazing poet in her own right. My only quibble would be in pairing poems based solely on the gender of the poet. It feels forced and arbitrary. I'm not ...more
Phoebe
Mar 13, 2010 Phoebe rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of short poetry
It's rare that I seek to own a book (rather than checking it out of the library), it's even rarer that I own a book of poetry, and rarer still that I purchased that book of poetry back in high school and have been visiting it every year, ever since. Shows you how I feel about this book, I think.
Terry
Dec 20, 2008 Terry rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
The pairings can be quite interesting. The 'hit' to 'miss' ratio in this was a little high for me, but it is especially good for showing students how different experiences lead to differences in creations.
Rynell
Oct 05, 2009 Rynell rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
A great collection of poetry! Nye is one of my favorite poets and this collaboration is a wonderful sampling of His and Her poems. I was so happy to read this collection of contemporary poetry!
Marianna Monaco
Jun 13, 2012 Marianna Monaco rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
A delight. Pairs of poems from the male and female points of view on a variety of subjects. An anthology of many good poets and good subjects.
Tracy O
Sep 19, 2007 Tracy O rated it it was ok
This was fine, but I didn't love it the way I would have thought I would. The book is a great IDEA - but, the poems didn't get to me at all.
Miriam
Jan 19, 2011 Miriam rated it really liked it
it was a serous book but i liked some of them. they were all well wrtien
Kim
Nov 28, 2013 Kim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, poetry
Probably the most perfect anthology of contemporary poems out there.
Kati
Mar 11, 2009 Kati rated it it was amazing
Fantastic collection of poetry suitable for any age group!
Blackbook
Sep 01, 2008 Blackbook rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, work
Poetry/Work
Mel
Mel marked it as to-read
Sep 05, 2016
Sonia
Sonia marked it as to-read
Aug 05, 2016
Michael
Michael rated it it was amazing
Jul 20, 2016
Lisa
Lisa marked it as to-read
Jul 09, 2016
Magalys
Magalys marked it as to-read
Jul 09, 2016
TANYA. CANADY
TANYA. CANADY marked it as to-read
Jun 25, 2016
Robin
Robin marked it as to-read
Jun 24, 2016
Ashley
Ashley marked it as to-read
Jun 17, 2016
Grace
Grace rated it really liked it
Apr 24, 2016
Mary
Mary marked it as to-read
Apr 15, 2016
Ben
Ben added it
Mar 25, 2016
Wes
Wes marked it as to-read
Feb 29, 2016
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing Up Latino in the United States
  • A Poke in the I: A Collection of Concrete Poems
  • Fortune's Bones: The Manumission Requiem
  • Blue Lipstick: Concrete Poems
  • 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day
  • Poetry Speaks Who I Am with CD: Poems of Discovery, Inspiration, Independence, and Everything Else (A Poetry Speaks Experience)
  • No More Masks: An Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Women Poets
  • Swimming Upstream: Middle School Poems
  • UnBEElievables: Honeybee Poems and Paintings
  • The President's Stuck in the Bathtub: Poems About the Presidents
  • The Dream Keeper and Other Poems
  • Poetry for Young People: Maya Angelou
  • Heart to Heart: New Poems Inspired by Twentieth-Century American Art
  • This Is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness
  • A Book of Women Poets: From Antiquity to Now
  • Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes
  • One Today
  • Ain't I a Woman! A Book of Women's Poetry from Around the World
9586
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
...more
More about Naomi Shihab Nye...

Share This Book



“only kindness that raises its head
from the crowd of the world to say
it is I you have been looking for,
and then goes with you everywhere
like a shadow or a friend.”
14 likes
More quotes…