"Cast Away" by Naomi Shihab Nye
Naomi Shihab Nye | San Antonio, Texas
A featured poet at the Comfort Quarterly Poetry Event, Spring 2019
Naomi Shihab Nye shines a spotlight on the things we cast away, from plastic water bottles to those less fortunate, in this collection of more than eighty original and never-before-published poems. A deeply moving, sometimes funny, and always provocative poetry collection for all ages.
"How much have you thrown away in your lifetime already? Do you ever think about it? Where does this plethora of leavings come from? How long does it take you, even one little you, to fill the can by your desk?" asks Naomi Shihab Nye.
National Book Award Finalist, Young People's Poet Laureate, and devoted trash-picker-upper Naomi Shihab Nye explores these questions and more in this original collection of poetry that features more than eighty new poems. "I couldn't save the world, but I could pick up trash," she says in her introduction to this stunning volume.
With poems about food wrappers, lost mittens, plastic straws, refugee children, trashy talk, the environment, connection, community, responsibility to the planet, politics, immigration, time, junk mail, trash collectors, garbage trucks, all that we carry and all that we discard, this is a rich, engaging, moving, and sometimes humorous collection for readers ages twelve to adult.
Includes ideas for writing, recycling, and reclaiming, and an index.
Naomi Shihab Nye is an award-winning writer, poet, editor, anthologist, and recipient of writing fellowships from the Lannan and Guggenheim foundations. She is the Poetry Foundation's Young People's Poet Laureate, serving from 2019 to 2021, and is currently the Poetry Editor for New York Times Magazine. 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 traveled abroad as a visiting writer on three Arts America tours sponsored by the United States Information Agency. In 2001 she received a presidential appointment to the National Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities. She lives in San Antonio, Texas.
Hardcover: 176 pages
Publication Date: February 11, 2020
Product Dimensions: 0.7" H x 9.1" L x 5.7" W
Shipping Weight: 0.70 lbs