Time You Let Me In: 25 Poets Under 25

Time You Let Me In: 25 Poets Under 25

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by Naomi Shihab Nye
     
 

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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.

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Nye (Honeybee) presents an anthology of poets under the age of 25, each of whom contribute four poems. The poets chiefly employ free verse and utilize intensely personal material, but these are their sole similarities. The poems cover territory spiritual and saccharine, philosophical and experimental, angry and irreverent (“do you think/ if you left your house/ emily dickinson/ your poems would have titles?”). Some writers are concerned with excavating the past, contemplating death and illness, dissecting class divides, and questioning feelings of displacement, be it geographical, emotional, or cultural (Amal Khan, born in Pakistan, writes, “They have called me subcontinental,/ Ethnic and oriental—/ Suffering and my creed—/ It is a romantic thing indeed”). Several exhibit a delicacy in the handling of memory and attention to detail; “She collages her disasters/ by finding her own feelings in the/ magazine faces,” writes Ben Westlie. While the poems don't necessarily break new ground, the collection is gripping and provocative in its portrayal of vastly different lives and experiences, strong sense of place, and sheer exuberance. Ages 12-up. (Mar.)
The Horn Book
“[An] exceptionally well-selected collection.”
Children's Literature - Ellen Welty
In the angst ridden world of many adolescents, poetry is a natural medium for expression. In this collection of 100 poems from twenty-five poets, the journey from adolescence to adulthood is portrayed with all its conflicting emotions and stumbles. The poets come from a variety of backgrounds and ethnic origins but they all display the desire to make sense of their world through words. The poems deal with a wide range of subjects and portray a surprisingly resilient acceptance of hardships, including death and abandonment. While the young poets accept the conditions of their lives, they do not necessarily forgive those who inflicted those conditions on them. Some of the poems eloquently express the anger and frustration that the poet feels while others express their feelings through humor. Regardless of the emotion and the form that the expression of it takes, there is an underlying current of hope in these poems that appeals to readers of their own generation and of older generations as well. It is time we let them in. Reviewer: Ellen Welty
VOYA - Amy Fiske
Although the title indicates this is a collection of twenty-five poets under twenty-five, there are actually twenty-six poets showcased. Nye admits that she chose twenty-six poets because she's "good with words and bad with numbers," unaware until it was too late that there were too many. The collection is broken into sections—four poems for each poet. There are childhood memories, both happy and dark; tales of immigrants, wars and soldiers; poems about love; and poems lovingly written. The text is peppered with sparse slices of everyday life: "your hands teach the flour how to make tortillas breathe" (p.78). One poet finds spiritual wisdom in the behavior of a cat who "destroys all my knitting to teach me about impermanence" (p. 160). These poets all share the precise, focused eye of an artist who uses words to paint pictures. They create beauty from observation: "I praise my mother's halle-hallelujah hands that wind roller sponges up the river and strings of my hair" (p. 34). In her introduction, Nye quotes a friend who observed, "We never realized how beautiful we were then," referring to the women in their own youth. So talented, yet so young, these poets also may not realize the full impact of their beauty. The poems are in turn serious, playful, passionate, sparse, loud, quiet and sometimes loud in their quietness. Readers of this well-chosen collection will forgive the miscount of poets. If anything, there are not enough. Teens who enjoy poetry will love this varied selection of work. Reviewer: Amy Fiske
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—In her introduction, Nye shies away from laying out her parameters for inclusion, but rather paints a picture of the stumbling, exploratory passage into adulthood that she hopes the voices in the collection will convey. True to form, the young poets may be vastly separated by experience, ethnicity, and gender, but are linked by a common humanity and a desire to make sense of their unfolding life experiences through language. They struggle with race, slurred words, absent loved ones, and unrealized dreams while reveling in snow crystals and childhood memories. From Gray Emerson's "The Indexer in Love," a playful approach to the oft-hackneyed love poem, to Talah Abu Rahmeh's powerful "The Falling Man," a heartbreaking ode to those who fell from the Twin Towers, these selections are diverse in content and form. They are also alternately raw, poignant, quiet, and loud. They are many things, but never amateurish. Readers will have no trouble finding little pieces of themselves in this beautifully orchestrated collection.—Jill Heritage Maza, Greenwich High School, CT
Kirkus Reviews
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 different voices with the result that most will find something they like. Lauren Espinoza's darkly humorous couplets draw office workers into analogous companionship with vampires in "death & taxes," while Allison River's sparse, musical lines in "Even Before You" paint a brief, lovely image. Jonah Ogles's quiet but fierce scenes of rural farm life in "Belle Union, Indiana" contrast with Henry Mills's searing picture of immigration in "Run." Still others, such as Catherine Bates, write with a breathtaking intensity about family violence. Teen poets will be a natural audience, as will adult teachers of young writers. (Poetry. 14-25)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061896378
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/23/2010
Pages:
236
Sales rank:
711,989
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Naomi Shihab Nye was so depressed on her twentieth birthday that she refused to celebrate. She thought childhood was now behind her (wrong). She called writer Jack Kerouac's widow, Stella, in Florida to say she was thinking of Jack (they have the same birthday). Stella invited her to come down and visit. Things improved from then on.

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Time You Let Me In: 25 Poets Under 25 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From what i've heard this is an excellent an facinating book of poetry
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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 rantings to odes about hair to indexes on love. They use phrases like "pulled your heart like a heavy plate from the cabinet of your chest" and "I'm writing to your soul because your body is ashes." Their words will resonate with those who are young. These authors are full of hope, and their poetry conveys this in every word, sentence, and stanza. I highly suggest adding this poetry collection to any library where young people are patrons.