Jessie Smith and Kristen Orchard. Naomi Nye. Background Information. Born on March 12, 1952 American mother and Palestinian Father. Common Themes. Culture Diversity Racism Ancestry Family. Influences. Cultural background Mother was American Father was Palestinian.
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“ability to draw clear parallels between the ordinary and sublime”
.range from “playful to pensive”
“international in scope and internal in focus”
“playfully and imaginatively instructive”
Celebrates differences in genders (I Feel a Little Jumpy around You ) female characters- strong, independent, personality, My Friends Divorce
Ordinary objects, people, events more complicate, deeper meaning, The Attic and its Nails
Poems with no deeper meaning, simple to poems addressing complicated moral and political issues
Many cultures, about many types of people but all very personal
Enlighten and inform readers about racial and cultural issues w/o hateful or forceful toneWe Agree
“warmth and celebratory tone”
“the fabric is thin and the mundaneness of the action shows through”
“seems to be in good, easy relation with earth and its peoples”
Not her purpose- wanted to cause subtle awareness, people silently agree w/ her, a call for peaceWe Disagree