This Same Sky: A Collection of Poems from Around the World [NOOK Book]


A multicultural anthology of poems represents the poetic voices, observations, traditions, and stories of people from some sixty countries around the world.

A poetry anthology in which 129 poets from sixty-eight different countries celebrate the natural world and its human and animal inhabitants.

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This Same Sky: A Collection of Poems from Around the World

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A multicultural anthology of poems represents the poetic voices, observations, traditions, and stories of people from some sixty countries around the world.

A poetry anthology in which 129 poets from sixty-eight different countries celebrate the natural world and its human and animal inhabitants.

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Editorial Reviews

Hazel Rochman
This is an extraordinary anthology, not only in its global range--129 contemporary poets from 68 countries, their work translated from many languages--but also in the quality of the selections and the immediacy of their appeal. From Palestine, Argentina, Latvia, Israel, and Lebanon to India, New Zealand, and El Salvador, diverse voices connect us all. Many poets, especially those from eastern Europe and the Middle East, have barely appeared in YA books before. Editor Nye, a fine writer herself who visits schools across the country to talk about poetry, shows us what we've missed. Most of the poems are upbeat (Who says comedy doesn't travel?) and loosely organized into sections that include families, animals, and the natural world; there are also poems about suffering, several about prison. Browsers will dip into this, and teachers will find the index by country useful for curriculum units. No illustrations distract from the verbal imagery; there's just a bright wraparound cover and endpapers made up of the signatures and stamps of the poets who wrote to Nye and mailed her their work. The brief notes on each contributor include some terse personal comments and stories that are nearly as stirring as the poetry. Nye includes a suggested list of anthologies, like those by Janeczco, that focus on the U.S. The translations are casual, even colloquial, getting away from the idea of poetry as something special and exotic. As the Estonian poet Kaplinski says, "Everything that is is very ordinary / or, rather, neither ordinary nor strange." Yes, says Nye, something must be lost in translation--but look at what's gained.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439108185
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 6/24/2008
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 882,297
  • Age range: 12 years
  • File size: 13 MB
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Table of Contents

Introduction xii
House of Spring 5
Words and Silences: "Sawdust from under the Saw"
"Once I got a postcard from the Fiji Islands" 9
Old Mountains Want to Turn to Sand 10
The Meaning of Simplicity 11
Poetry Was Like This 12
The Pen 14
The Question Mark 14
The Gatherer 15
Lizard 16
Between Ebb and Flow 17
Crowned Crane 19
A Tree Within 20
A Short Story 20
Life of the Cricket 21
Coils the Robot 22
From Altazor 23
Paper Doll 24
Distances of Longing 24
At the Beach 25
Monkeys 26
Freedom 27
Lamento 28
Wordless Day 29
Dreams and Dreamers: "Eyes the Color of Sky"
In the Kitchen 33
A Headstrong Boy 34
Wanting to Move 36
The Cucumber 37
The Tin Bird 38
On My Birthday 39
The Orphan 40
Wildpeace 41
Healing 42
Happy as a Dog's Tail 42
Picnic to the Earth 43
Why There Are No Cats in the Forest 44
Song 45
The Sick-Room 46
The Shadow Inside Me 46
"One day I asked the mirror facing me" 47
The Prison Cell 48
A Sailor's Memoirs 50
"Where is the beart I am calling?" 52
Day-Dream 52
The Parakeets 53
A Dream of Paradise in the Shadow of War 54
Salt and Memory 55
My Great Grand Uncle 56
Magic 57
Families: "The First Tying"
Wolf-Ancestry 61
To the Ancestors 62
Childhood 63
Remembering 64
Sparrow 65
Transformations 65
Souvenir of the Ancient World 66
Industrial Childhood 67
I Was Born in Jacinto Vera 68
Weights 69
Small Wants 70
Believe It or Not 72
Brownout 73
Atong 74
Atong and His Goodbye 75
Father and Son 76
Petrified Minute 77
Companion 77
A Pearl 78
A New Dress 79
Vistasp 80
Poem for My Son 81
An Appointment 82
The First Shoe 83
Grandmother 83
My Life Story 84
The Mushroom River 86
Letter from My Son 87
Summer 88
Jasmine 89
Footpath 90
Family Portrait 91
This Earth and Sky in Which We Live: "Water That Used to Be a Cloud"
Mindoro 95
Dawn 96
Grass 97
The Land of Mists 98
Spring Poem 99
Dew 100
"Beside a stone three" 100
Country Memory 101
Cuernavaca 102
Mountain Tambourine 102
"The sodden moss sinks underfoot ..." 103
Improvisation (Eching) 104
"Greedy snowslide" 105
The Sky Is Vast 106
The Penguin 107
The Open Shutter 108
Wind's Foam 109
The Squirrel 110
The Birth of a Stone 111
Caring for Animals 112
Autumn and the Sea 113
Pitcher 114
Cleaned the Crocodile's Teeth 115
Cat 116
The Moon Rises Slowly over the Ocean 117
Stars at Night 118
The Pit Ponies 119
Great Aso 121
Ants 122
From Diary of a Woodcutter 122
Under This Sky 124
Losses: "Kissed Trees"
"What is it that upsets the volcanoes ..." 129
There's an Orange Tree Out There 130
Horse by Moonlight 130
A Tree 131
Love 132
A Brief Note to the Bag Lady, Ma Sister 133
A Man Never Cries 136
Surprise 137
"Oh! Oh! Should They Take Away My Stove ..." My Inexhaustible Ode to Joy 138
A Train Is Passing 139
A Gift Horse 139
In the Lebanese Mountains 140
The Garden of a Child 142
Bicycles 143
The Memory of Horses 144
Inside 145
Home 146
Before the Game 147
Human Mysteries: "White Bracelets"
Napoleon 151
Locked In 152
Debt 153
A Boy's Head 154
The Ship's Whistle 155
Sweet Like a Crow 155
Volunteer Worker 157
Behind Bars 158
On Destiny 159
For Genevieve 160
Childhood Is the Only Lasting Flower 161
Goodness 162
The Rhythm of the Tomtom 163
"Do what you like with my face" 164
The New Suit 165
White Bracelets 166
I Have Ten Legs 167
The Tongue 167
"A man comes in, his suit is crumpled" 168
Greenland's History 169
The Wall 171
Jerusalem 172
"There are times when I can't move" 172
"In his room the man watches" 173
The Indians 174
The Labourer 176
Clouds on the Sea 177
Or 178
My Share 180
Pride 181
Lucia 182
Far and Close 184
At the Ferry 185
Notes on the Contributors 189
Map 198
Suggestions for Further Reading 201
Acknowledgments 203
Index to Countries 209
Index to Poets 211
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2003

    Real poetry for young ones

    I love this book. The poems have an international flavor, but express feelings that anyone can relate to no matter where they are from. As an example, 'Wanting to Move' by Vijaya Mukhopadhyay from India...beautiful. An excellent book to introduce young ones to world literature!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2013

    This book is awesome

    This book was full of wonderful poems that made me never want to put down the book. Mrs. Davidson my english teacher I have to thank for giving me this book I love this book.

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