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

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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)
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Maeve
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
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
Hillary Austin
some were funny and some were kinda sad...but i loved them all
Julie
Jun 12, 2012 Julie added it
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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
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
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 5 of 5 stars
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
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
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
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
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.
Sally
It was okay I think, I didn't read the whole entire book, but I didn't think that it was as fun as the other poetry books
Miriam
it was a serous book but i liked some of them. they were all well wrtien
Kim
Probably the most perfect anthology of contemporary poems out there.
Kati
Fantastic collection of poetry suitable for any age group!
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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.

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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.”
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