Treasure Island

Naomi Shihab Nye

(12 March 1952 / St. Louis, Missouri)

Quotations

  • ''I'm not interested in
    who suffered the most.
    I'm interested in
    people getting over it.''
    Naomi Shihab Nye (b. 1952), U.S. poet. "Jerusalem," lines 1-4 (1994).
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  • ''I can never see fashion models,
    lean angular cheeks, strutting hips
    and blooming hair, without thinking of
    the skulls at the catacombs in Lima, Peru.''
    Naomi Shihab Nye (b. 1952), U.S. poet. "Morning Paper, Society Page," lines 1-4 (1994).
  • ''I support all people on earth
    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 done nothing large.''
    Naomi Shihab Nye (b. 1952), U.S. poet. "Those Whom We Do Not Know," part 2, lines 1-6 (1994).

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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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