Words Under the Words: Selected Poems

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Words Under the Words gathers into a single volume the finest poems by one of the most exciting, accessible poets in America today. This long-awaited collection draws from Naomi Shihab Nye's three critically acclaimed books: Different Ways to Pray, Yellow Glove, and National Poetry Series winner, Hugging the Jukebox.
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Overview


Words Under the Words gathers into a single volume the finest poems by one of the most exciting, accessible poets in America today. This long-awaited collection draws from Naomi Shihab Nye's three critically acclaimed books: Different Ways to Pray, Yellow Glove, and National Poetry Series winner, Hugging the Jukebox.
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Library Journal
While Nye's technique is nearly flawless, this is not the mere shaping of superficial little boxes. Lyrically, calmly, she describes an Edenic landscape where "hands are churches that worship the world." Nye is philosophical, yes, but too delighted with her own findings to impose them on a reader. Instead, we find integrity, sincerity, and gentleness: the poet trying to remember who gave her a now-broken music box, the little girl making a fist against death, the woman who can "find holiness in anything/that continues." The poems in the last third of this book focus directly on Nye's Palestinian American heritage, as the poet tours the Mideast, inquisitive and frustrated. Drawn from three previous collections, this selection coincides with the publication of Red Suitcase, a volume of new work (BOA Editions, 1994). All in all, an accomplished writer still searching for a unique voice.-Rochelle Ratner, formerly Poetry Editor, "Soho Weekly News," New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780933377295
  • Publisher: The Eighth Mountain Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1994
  • Series: A Far Corner Book Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 307,822
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.46 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2000

    Luminous

    Naomi Shihab Nye has written poetry that echoes in the soul. She infuses topics from poverty to regret with her sweet, calming voice. This book will leave you feeling at peace with the world.

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