19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East

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Harper Collins, Mar 15, 2005 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 160 pages

EM"Tell me how to live so many lives at once ..."/em

Fowzi, who beats everyone at dominoes; Ibtisam, who wanted to be a doctor; Abu Mahmoud, who knows every eggplant and peach in his West Bank garden; mysterious Uncle Mohammed, who moved to the mountain; a girl in a red sweater dangling a book bag; children in velvet dresses who haunt the candy bowl at the party; Baba Kamalyari, age 71; Mr. Dajani and his swans; Sitti Khadra, who never lost her peace inside.

EMMaybe they have something to tell us./em

Naomi Shihab Nye has been writing about being Arab-American, about Jerusalem, about the West Bank, about family all her life. These new and collected poems of the Middle East -- sixty in all -- appear together here for the first time.

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User Review  - kberryman44 - LibraryThing

This is a beautiful collection of poems from a perspective I do not often read. I do not know much about the Middle East, but Nye has provided me with new perspective on her homeland via beautiful and ... Read full review

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5Q 3P (my VOYA code) This was an extremely beautiful collection of poetry. Exquisitely written. Perhaps not the most popular YA poetry collection but would definitely be of interest if suggested. I ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Naomi Shihab Nye has received a Lannan Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress, and four Pushcart Prizes. Her collection 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East was a finalist for the National Book Award, and her collection Honeybee was awarded the Arab-American Book Award. She is currently serving on the Board of Chancellors for the Academy of American Poets. Naomi Shihab Nye has edited several honored and popular poetry anthologies, including Time You Let Me In, What Have You Lost?, Salting the Ocean, and This Same Sky, and she is the author of the novels Habibi and Going, Going. She lives with her family in San Antonio, Texas.

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