I wanted to share Naomi Shihab Nye's most recent book of poetry that I've checked out and renewed three times from the library.
And I wanted to share some of her poems that I love from the book and found published on two favorite poetry sites:
Academy of American Poets: "Kindness" "Shoulders" "Gate A-4"
Poetry Foundation: "Yellow Glove" "Supple Cord" "One Boy Told Me"
And I wanted to share three more favorite poems from this wonderful collection, Everything Comes Next: Collected & New Poems.
"Sifter" p. 26 I've loved this poem ever since I first read it in Nye's book A Maze Me. You can listen to it here.
"Museum" p. 54 A new-to-me prose piece, first published in Nye's collection, Honeybee, that made me laugh out loud. Listen to her tell the story here.
"Ted Kooser is My President" p. 177 "Actually I have never been / to Nebraska, except with Ted,/ who hosted me dozens of times,/ though we have never met./ His deep assurance comforts me." Surely, Nye has met Ted Kooser by now.
And here's my short account of the delightful evening I spent in Nye's company for the May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture at Western Washington University in 2018. Every time she speaks, it feels like she's in conversation with just a few good friends.
And then I discovered this brand new Nye poem, Every day as a wide field, every page, in the March 2021 issue of Poetry magazine.
Just in case you want to hear Nye read this poem, check out The Poetry Magazine Podcast (3/9/21) Naomia Shihab Nye and Danusha Laméris in Conversation. "Nye and Laméris remind us that poetry makes sense when things stop making sense—that poetry can take us over, under, or through difficulty."
And that's how a planned post intended to share Nye's latest book, Everything Comes Next, expanded into an "Almost Everything I Love about Naomi Shihab Nye" post.
Thanks, Linda, for hosting this week.