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Naomi Shihab Nye

(12 March 1952 / St. Louis, Missouri)

Poems of Naomi Shihab Nye

21. Spruce Street, Berkeley 1/4/2012
22. Streets 1/20/2003
23. Supple Cord 1/4/2012
24. The Art of Disappearing 1/4/2012
25. The Rider 1/4/2012
26. The Small Vases from Hebron 1/4/2012
27. The Story, Around the Corner 1/4/2012
28. The Turtle Shrine Near Chittagong 1/4/2012
29. The Words Under the Words 1/4/2012
30. Truth Serum 1/4/2012
31. Trying to Name What Doesn’t Change 1/4/2012
32. Two Countries 1/20/2003
33. Wedding Cake -new- 12/17/2014
34. Yellow Glove 1/4/2012

Blood

"A true Arab knows how to catch a fly in his hands,"
my father would say. And he'd prove it,
cupping the buzzer instantly
while the host with the swatter stared.

In the spring our palms peeled like snakes.
True Arabs believed watermelon could heal fifty ways.
I changed these to fit the occasion.

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