Naomi Shihab Nye

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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 ...
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If you place a fern
under a stone
the next day it will be
nearly invisible
"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.
Making A Fist
For the first time, on the road north of Tampico,
I felt the life sliding out of me,
a drum in the desert, harder and harder to hear.
I was seven, I lay in the car
Two Countries
Skin remembers how long the years grow
when skin is not touched, a gray tunnel
of singleness, feather lost from the tail
of a bird, swirling onto a step,
A man leaves the world
and the streets he lived on
grow a little shorter.


Kumarmani Mahakul 25 October 2020
Naomi Shihab Nye is an outstanding novelist, poet and songwriter, who has owned the hearts of many persons in this world. She is regarded as a nice legendary poetess of modern poems in this world. She is very famous. Her poems are much beneficial for all people. She reflects deep emotion and perception in her poems. Her rank is #145 on top 500 poets on date 25 October 2020.
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yeznik elgof 05 December 2019
I cant find the poem alphabet.does it exist?
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Giavana 18 November 2019
can u make a poem of sneezing oh and how do u sneeze lol
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Kanny 26 May 2019
Hi, is this writer has a poem call WOOD?
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Kaitlyn & Lena 07 March 2019
Naomi Shihab Nye another amazing poet :)
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Mahtab Bangalee 19 February 2019
Naomi Shihab a poetess a living legend
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Grace 24 October 2018
Kindness is the poem's name. Thank you fellow lover's of her work.
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Grace 24 October 2018
Kindness is the poem's name. Thank you so much
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Grace 24 October 2018
Kindness is the poem's name. Thank you
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Grace 24 October 2018
the poem I'm referring to is Kindness
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Grace 24 October 2018
the poem's name Kindness
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Grace 24 October 2018
This poem has offered me so much comfort. I once had a shortened version that I can't find. If anyone out there knows it and can send it to me Thank you.
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Gwen Pauloski 22 August 2018
Ms. Nye is one of the authors whose work we study most frequently in my 8th grade English Language Arts class. Students have analyzed and imitated her poetry, and this year we will be incorporating a short story and short essay. Her voice resonates with them; her ideas and language stretch them.
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Pamela Leonard 18 March 2018
Your poems touch our hearts and we carry that essence with us onward...
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Tzur Beni 12 April 2016
Being a Poet should start with a wider look on situations and politics.Getting impression of the Palestinian without seeing the evil which is done by their leaders - not to solving but freezing the problem. The leaders are sacrificing their nation and encourage them to Bomb themselves on civilian in the name of ALLA . A Poet should encourage to change the attitude. To send voice of piece. To ask for leaders to solve the problem and invest in their nation. A real Poet should write Poem so Syrian not to kill their own people. A Poet who taking and manipulating words while staying in luxury USA is not a real Poet. I feel you try bring silence to your soul and your family immigration tries to cover it by words empty words lies and evil words. Which is not true. But it is worse than the leaders as it encourage to keep it in the name of the Poet. Take your ability to the sky and try to hold the terror of a nation which suffer but cause suffer to the world.
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