The Space Between Our Footsteps: Poems and Paintings from the Middle East

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Naomi Shihab Nye
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1998 - Poetry - 144 pages
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In an unparalleled collection, honored anthologist Naomi Shihab Nye brings together the work of over 120 poets and artists from nineteen countries in the Middle East. In turn compelling, lyrical, tragic, and humorous, this rich anthology opens the door to the Middle East and beckons readers to explore our common ground. The poets and artists collected in this volume range from luminaries such as Adonis, Yehuda Amichai, Chaibia Tallal, Nazim Hikmet, and Naguib Mahfouz to those whose work has never been published before. With an ear to a rich history and a vision of hope for the future, this elegant book invites readers to experience a grand mosaic of cultures and traditions. It also features forty paintings reproduced in full color, an introduction, notes on the contributors, indexes, and a map.

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Read most of the poems within, a really nice collection and a great introduction to poems from another culture. Read full review

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Genre: Poetry Grade: 5-6 Award(s): none This rich anthology opens the door to the Middle East. This book can introduce students to different cultures through poetry. The main focus area of this book ... Read full review


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About the author (1998)

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 poetry collection "19 Varieties of Gazelle "was a finalist for the National Book Award; "Honeybee" was awarded the Arab American Book Award. Nye is currently serving on the board of chancellors of the Academy of American Poets. She has edited several honored and popular poetry anthologies including "Time You Let Me In", "Salting the Ocean", and "This Same Sky" and is the author of the novels "Habibi" and "Going, Going". Nye lives with her family in San Antonio, Texas.

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