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19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East

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  • Posted June 2, 2013

    I loved this book! Everyone who desires a sensibility of the Middle East should read it!

    The Poetry of Nye: 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East
    I loved this book of poems. It read like a very reflective piece of work and though it is many poems combined in one book, it could have easily been one long poem of glimpses of the Middle East. I believe that Nye’s point here is for us to see pictures of everyday people trying to live “normal” lives amidst a constant threat of war. Nye shows objects and rituals close to these people’s hearts—things that connect them to their land and to their identity: a “sprig of mint” in their tea, olives, grapes, figs, goat cheese, and fabrics that they love. These things are particular to their culture, but in other ways, these people are just like the rest of us: just ordinary people trying to love their families and raise their children. It is sooo sad that here in America, we see the extreme fundamentalist when we picture an Arab person in our head; it would be good for us to see the normal, everyday Arab human, trying to live his/her life and trying to love his/her family and his/her land.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2008

    Breaks My Heart With Her Insights and Language

    This was the first book of Nye's poetry I read, but it won't be my last. Her poetry gives us insights to another side of the challanges of the Middle East conflicts. She is a woman who has ties to both the Middle East 'through her refugee father' and America 'through her mother' and this gives her the ability to feel for both. I highly recommend her poetry.

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