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You and Yours

(2005)
A collection of poems by

 
 
In You and Yours, Naomi Shihab Nye continues her conversation with ordinary people whose lives become, through her empathetic use of poetic language, extraordinary. Nye writes of local life in her inner-city Texas neighborhood, about rural schools and urban communities she's visited in this country, as well as the daily rituals of Jews and Palestinians who live in the war-torn Middle East.

The Day

I missed the day
on which it was said
others should not have
certain weapons, but we could.
Not only could, but should,
and do.
I missed that day.
Was I sleeping?
I might have been digging
in the yard,
doing something small and slow
as usual.
Or maybe I wasn't born yet.
What about all the other people
who aren't born?
Who will tell them?


Balancing direct language with a suggestive "aslantness," Nye probes the fragile connection between language and meaning. She never shies from the challenge of trying to name the mysterious logic of childhood or speak truth to power in the face of the horrors of war. She understands our lives are marked by tragedy, inequity, and misunderstanding, and that our best chance of surviving our losses and shortcomings is to maintain a heightened awareness of the sacred in all things.



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September 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: You and Yours (American Poets Continuum)
Author(s): Naomi Shihab Nye
ISBN: 1-929918-68-2 / 978-1-929918-68-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: BOA Editions Ltd.
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September 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: You and Yours (American Poets Continuum)
Author(s): Naomi Shihab Nye
ISBN: 1-929918-69-0 / 978-1-929918-69-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: BOA Editions Ltd.
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Title: You and Yours (American Poets Continuum Book 93)
Author(s): Naomi Shihab, Naomi Shihab Nye
Publisher: BOA Editions Ltd.
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