Naomi Shihab Nye (12 March 1952 / St. Louis, Missouri)
a poet, songwriter, and novelist. She was born to a Palestinian father and American mother. Although she regards herself as a "wandering poet", she refers to San Antonio as her home.
Her first collection of poems, Different Ways to Pray, explored the theme of similarities and differences between cultures, which would become one of her lifelong areas of focus. Her other books include poetry collections 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East, A Maze Me, Red Suitcase, Field Trip and Fuel; a collection of essays entitled Never in a Hurry; a young-adult novel called Habibi (the semi-autobiographical story of an Arab-American teenager who moves to ... more »
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- Boy and Egg
- Burning the Old Year
- Different Ways to Pray
- Hugging the Jukebox
- Last August Hours Before the Year 2000
- Making A Fist
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''I'm not interested inNaomi Shihab Nye (b. 1952), U.S. poet. "Jerusalem," lines 1-4 (1994).
who suffered the most.
I'm interested in
people getting over it.''
''I can never see fashion models,Naomi Shihab Nye (b. 1952), U.S. poet. "Morning Paper, Society Page," lines 1-4 (1994).
lean angular cheeks, strutting hips
and blooming hair, without thinking of
the skulls at the catacombs in Lima, Peru.''
I support all people on earthNaomi Shihab Nye (b. 1952), U.S. poet. "Those Whom We Do Not Know," part 2, lines 1-6 (1994).
who have bodies like and unlike my body,
skins and moles and old scars,
secret and public hair,
crooked toes. I support
those who have ...