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Red Suitcase (American Poets Continuum)

Nye, Naomi Shihab

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ISBN 10: 1880238144 / ISBN 13: 9781880238141
Published by BOA Editions, Brockport, 1994
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: Red Suitcase (American Poets Continuum)

Publisher: BOA Editions, Brockport

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: Signed First Edition.

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Synopsis:

Poet, teacher, essayist, anthologist, songwriter and singer, Naomi Shihab Nye is one of the country's most acclaimed writers. Her voice is generous; her vision true; her subjects ordinary people, and ordinary situations which, when rendered through her language, become remarkable. In this, her fourth full collection of poetry, we see with new eyes-a grandmother's scarf, an alarm clock, a man carrying his son on his shoulders.

Valentine for Ernest Mann

You can't order a poem like you order a taco.
Walk up to the counter and say, "I'll take two"
and expect it to handed back to you
on a shiny plate.

Still, I like you spirit.
Anyone who says, "Here's my address,
write me a poem," deserves something in reply.
So I'll tell a secret instead:
poems hide. In the bottoms of our shoes,
they are sleeping. They are the shadows
drifting across our ceilings the moment
before we wake up. What we have to do
is live in a way that lets us find them.

Once I knew a man who gave his wife
two skunks for a valentine.
He couldn't understand why she was crying.
"I thought they had such beautiful eyes."
And he was serious. He was a serious man
who lived in a serious way. Nothing was ugly
just because the world said so. He really
liked those skunks. So, he re-invented them
as valentines and they became beautiful.
At least, to him. And the poems that had been hiding
in the eyes of skunks for centuries
crawled out and curled up at his feet.

Maybe if we re-invent whatever our lives give us
we find poems. Check your garage, the odd sock
in your drawer, the person you almost like, but not quite.
And let me know.

About the Author:

NAOMI SHIHAB NYE, poet, editor, anthologist, is a recipient of writing fellowships from the Lannan and Guggenheim Foundations. Nye's work has been featured on PBS poetry specials including "NOW with Bill Moyers," "The Language of Life with Bill Moyers" and "The United States of Poetry." She has read her poetry on Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion and at The United Nations.

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