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Time You Let Me In: 25 Poets under 25

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  260 ratings  ·  63 reviews
They are inspiring talented stunning remarkable wise

They are also fearless depressed hilarious impatient in love out of love pissed off

And they want you to let them in.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published February 23rd 2010 by Greenwillow Books
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Mar 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, poetry
Yes poetry. I don't like poetry but yes to this:

...even when
the words grace me with their presence,
they don't always choose to step
delicately into the world, pink shoes
treading softly over the white horizon.
usually poetry slops lazily over the couch
of a page and dangles while I remove its muddy
shoes and rearrange the pillows, all the while
muttering something about Frost and how maybe
his comments against free verse were right
all along (poetry in rhyme always cleans up
after itself) although hone
Nov 20, 2010 rated it liked it
Some poems were wonderful and would make me laugh out loud or cause my eyes to water or make me appreciate, again, how much I love cultural diversity. Some poems made me skip lines or quickly turn the page. But that seems to be the way with all poetry books.

My favorites:
Photons, by Nicole Guenther
Pupil, by Brianne Carpenter
The Indexer in Love, by Gray Emerson
Larry's Produce, by Michelle Brittan
Run, by Henry Milss
As far back as I can remember, by Jonah Ogles
kitchen witness, by Emma Shaw Crane
Michael Young
Sep 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-lit-2011-12
Genre: Poetry, Young Adult

Rating: ***
The poetry included in this collection captures true perspectives of young adults. From insights related to loss and grief to love and relationships, the poetry included in this collection is beautifully written and organized.

This compilation of poetry from 26 (not 25) young authors shares varying voices, perspectives and insights from young writers. The central theme of the poetry focuses on the perspective of the young adult. The insights and storie
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book includes inspirational poems from young poets under the age of 25. I chose this book because many poems I have been reading can be hard to understand, and I wanted to read good literature, that I could also understand. Reading from people near my age gives me a different feel than older poets. The poems seem relatable to you since they are written by people who are very much like you. One poet whose poems stuck out to me was Nichole Guenther poems. One of his poems asks the question "W ...more
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Darien Munden

This particular compilation of poems, hand selected by Naomi Shihab Nye,are all poems written by young adult poets. As the title suggests all of the poetry in this compilation was written when the poets were all under twenty-five years old. Most of the poetry is based on actual first-hand experiences the poets have had. Some of the poems are humorous, like "Death and Taxes," by Lauren Espinoza, others are a bit sad, even depressing, like "Protons," by Nicole Guenther. No matte
Apr 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-11, poetry
Overall, this collection was disappointingly homogenous to me, both stylistically and in terms of the poets it included. This isn't representative of what poets under 25 are doing. There were a few excellent poems, but they were buried beneath many that read simply like undergrad workshop poems--not a lot of risks, but a lot of grandma poems. I don't think Nye did a particularly good job as editor, either. The order of the poems didn't add anything to the collection, and many of the contributors ...more
Taylor Estep
Feb 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Time You Let Me In by Naomi Shiab Nye inlcudes poets that have all written pieces that have the same general idea of wanting something back from the past or wanting someone to let you in again. I enjoyed how all of the poems all had this general idea, but some of the authors I wasn't very interested in. I found myself liking a particular poem that is short, but sweet. "Yellow droplets have fallen to the city from the only sky a leaf has ever known. In my mothers garden, stands one such tree gift ...more
Andy Crane
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it
As with any collection of poetry, there were some I enjoyed more than others. Taken as a whole, it was a solid collection. I do wonder about it being classified as young adult, though. (perhaps because all of the authors are under the age of 25?) It seemed more appropriate for someone in their early twenties than a teenager, but really any age group (except the very young) could and should read this book.
Megan Carper
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physically-own
This is my new favorite poetry collection. It made me cry multiple times and is something that I can see myself reading when I need a reminder that we are human, even if we act more like wild animals! Some of the poets/poems were better than others, but overall it was a fantastic read. I highly recommend it if you want something that will warm your heart.
Lesly Cruz
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
it was okay, it wasn't that good
Nicole Gaudier
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful poetry collection!
I liked the bast majority of poets’ works but did not enjoy a few...authors.
I do think the authors’ bios were awesome!
A E Fox
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed most of the poems in here. The contributor bios were even fun to read. Might have to purchase this book as it has some new favorites in it for me.
Sep 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Endearing and charming light read.
sara frances
Sep 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
here are two of my favorites:

Living with a Bodhisattva Cat is Intimidating

The Bodhisattva Cat is, of course, vegan:
He will not eat the inexpensive dry food
I fed my last cat, who was unenlightened.

He is morally opposed to hunting,
compassionately watches moles skitter
across the basement floor.

The Bodhisattava Cat meditates for up to eighteen hours
a day,
gives impromptu dharma talks to squirrels perched
on the bird feeder outside my kitchen window.

The Bodhisattva Cat has boycotted the 2008 Olympics
Apr 12, 2015 added it
Shelves: project-5, poetry
Kirkus Review:

A selection of the work of 26 (not 25) young poets makes up this varied collection, musing on topics from personal identity to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Nye’s introduction artfully sets a tone that encourages readers to remember the experience of being under 25—it is humming and evocative, but an odd choice for a volume at least ostensibly intended for teen readers. The poets employ a range of styles and write in drastically differ
May 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: not-graphic, ya, poetry, adult
A really nice mix of voices and styles. As with any mix, I liked some more than others, but each was good in its own way. One of my favorites, by Laura Lee Beasley:


Even when we were young it rested beneath
the floorboards, stirring at the sounds of footsteps.
We crawled to feed it pennies and Cheerios
through the slits of an air-conditioning vent.
And there were other places we found it too.
At the pier on Saint Simon's Island,
covered with sunlight and the smell of fish guts,
it shifted beneath
Rocio Martin
Apr 12, 2015 added it
Shelves: project-5
KIRKUS REVIEW (Posted by Kirkus – ( - A selection of the work of 26 (not 25) young poets makes up this varied collection, musing on topics from personal identity to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Nye's introduction artfully sets a tone that encourages readers to remember the experience of being under 25-it is humming and evocative, but an odd choice for a volume at least ostensibly intended for teen readers. The poets employ a range of styles and write in drastically diffe ...more
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
This compilation of poems is heartfelt, sad, and truthful. With a mixture of different poems under the age of 25, we find that many are pertaining to tales of our youth. The meaning behind growing up, the darkness and evil within the world, the beauty of our world around us, and even questioning a higher power. Our lives from an early age are full of questions and learning to understand; some stories are more tragic than others with references to abuse and discrimination, but all of these things ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by LadyJay for

Naomi Shihab Nye has been writing poetry for a long time. An excellent poet in her own right, it seems only fitting that Nye should choose twenty-five poets and compile their writings into a single volume.

All of these aspiring authors are under the age of twenty-five. Their poems speak of many things - love, loss, culture, war, belonging, and being remembered.

Each author possesses his/her own unique style and flow. Their offerings range from free verse ran
Jun 17, 2011 rated it liked it
A collection of poetry by writers under 25, on topics ranging from love to war and loss. I haven't read poetry in a while, so this was a welcome change. However, I think only about a dozen poems really stood out for me...the rest were just okay. Some of my favorites were:

"Invitation" by Mackenzie Connellee
"The Indexer in Love" by Gray Emerson
"Kitchen Witness" by Emma Shaw Crane
"Even Before You" by Allison Rivers

And "Rain, Snow, and Other Weather" by Lauren Stacks (below):

I'm like the weather, ne
Apr 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: ages 10+
Shelves: teen-poetry
It took me a while to get through this... Time You Let Me In will be inspiring to aspiring poets and dreamers because they will find that they can express themselves at least as effectively as the young adult poets included in this collection. Time You Let Me In featured some real gems. My personal favorites: "Finding Our Flag" by Ben Westlie, "Evolution of a Writer" by Lauren Stacks, and...
Henry the Horse by Henry Mills
I feel like a horse
with a cone tied to its forehead,
talking to a unicorn.
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: diverse-reads, ya
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Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Not being a great fan of poetry, I only purchased this book via Amazon when faced with planning curriculum for my creative writing class. My students usually have to read the dead white male poets for their English classes, and I figured I would stick to young poets that have a better chance of engaging 14-18 year olds. Fortunately I made a great choice, for my students have been enjoying the poems, and we have a blast analyzing them together. The editor very carefully found exemplary American p ...more
Apr 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, poetry
Some poems work better than others but overall it is a beautiful collection.

These are my favorites:

"Where I Live" by Lauren Espinoza
"Pupil" by Brianne Carpenter
"The Indexer in Love" by Gray Emerson
"Yogurt" by Emily Hendren
"Evolution of a Writer" by Lauren Stacks
"as far back as I can remember" by Jonah Ogles
"Poem for My Name" by Emma Shaw Crane
"Kitchen Witness" by Emma Shaw Crane
"To Answer Your Questions, reportback Beirut by Emma Shaw Crane
"Foundling" by Matthew Baker
"Ode to Poetry" by M
Rebecca Johnson
Jul 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a very sweet, lovely collection of poetry. The diversity in the collection is vast; however, as different as each poet and their small sample is, they are each eloquent and beautiful. I was moved and read this book as quickly as I could because I just couldn't wait to read the next poet's sample. My 2 favorites were: Gray Emerson and Tala Abu Rahmeh. Their words were wonderful and poignant. The images were etched on the pages. I just loved this book. It will be added to my permanent rota ...more
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent collection of poetry especially for those who aren't sure they like poetry. So if you're curious and want to stick your toe in; but thanks to High School you equate poetry with death and dying, this would be a good choice to read. Published in 2010, the poems strike a more relevant tone than the stale classics. And the 25 poets chosen are diverse in ethnicity, experiences, and voice. This is poetry with youthful energy. Would definitely recommend.
Erin mcgill
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Audience: This book could be read by young adults from 3rd grade all the way to adults. This book would be ideal for anyone who loves to red or write poetry.
Appeal: This book is somewhat inspiring. It is a collection of poems written by young writers. The younger generations can find this collection of poems easy to relate to emotionally and adults can admire its elegance of words and how they fall onto the paige effortlessly.

Award: Best Books 2010 Non- Fiction
Katie R. Herring
Apr 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: verse
I really liked some of these; but in general I liked some stanzas more than the whole poem.

The one and only poem that I thoroughly enjoyed was the "Plain Stories: Chronology of a Cotton Farmer" by Brianne Carpenter, all four parts.

The majority of the poems I skipped over because I didn't find them interesting.

My favorite part, other than a few quotes, were the short bios in the back of the collection.
Aug 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen

Twenty-six poets under the age of twenty-five share poems on a variety of topics, from family to war to weather. Written in free verse, this collection is raw and emotional while simultaneously being polished and truly poetic.

While not a true poetry fan, I appreciated the skillful mastery of the poets who contributed to this collection. Even with seemingly mundane topics, they used just the right wording and rhythm to invite readers into their lives.
Mar 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Every single poet in this book is unique, perceptive, and inspirational. Some of the poems had me nodding my head like "Yeah, I definitely know what you're talking about." Some of them made me laugh out loud. And some of them broke my heart. My favorites include: "invitation" by Mackenzie Connellee, "A Lesson on Fire" by Catherine Bates, "kitchen witness" by Emma Shaw Crane, "Upon Arrival" by Tala Abu Rahmeh, and "ode to poetry" by Matthew Baker.
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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
“Let me peer out at the world
through your lens. (Maybe I'll shudder,
or gasp, or tilt my head in a question.)
Let me see how your blue
is my turquoise and my orange
is your gold. Suddenly binary
stars, we have startling
gravity. Let's compare
scintillation - let's share
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