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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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background information
Background Information
  • Born on March 12, 1952
  • American mother and Palestinian Father
common themes
Common Themes

Culture

Diversity

RacismAncestry

Family

influences
Influences
  • Cultural background
    • Mother was American
    • Father was Palestinian
  • Parents example
  • Weaken the idea that all Arabs are terrorists through poems
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“For me the primary source of poetry has always been local life, random characters met on the street, our own ancestry sifting down to us through small essential daily tasks”

-Naomi Nye

the critics say
The Critics Say
  • “brings attension to the female as a humorous, wry creature with brisk, hard intelligence and a sense of personal freedom unheard of” – Contributor of Contemporary Poets
  • Nineteen Variations of Gazelle “will spark discussion and bring readers up close” (to what war and vengence really mean) – Hazel Rochman
  • “playfully and imaginatively instructive” – Contributor to Contemporary Southern Writers
  • “ability to draw clear parallels between the ordinary and sublime” – Jane L. Tanner
the critics say cont
The Critics Say cont.
  • Hugging the Jukebox “warmth and celebratory tone” – Various reviewers
  • “the fabric is thin and the mundaneness of the action shows through” – Mary Logue
  • “seems to be in good, easy relation with earth and its peoples” – David Kirby
  • range from “playful to pensive” -- Shelle Rosenfeld
  • “international in scope and internal in focus” – Jane L. Tanner
we agree
“brings attension to the female as a humorous, wry creature with brisk, hard intelligence and a sense of personal freedom unheard of”

“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 tone

We Agree
we disagree
“will spark discussion and bring readers up close” (to what war and vengence really mean)

“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 peace

We Disagree
list of works cited
List of Works Cited
  • McQuien, Paul, and Kim G. Hochmeister. "Naomi Shihab Nye." Literary San Antonio. 2006. 12 Apr. 2007 <http://www.accd.edu>.
  • "Naomi Shihab Nye." Poets. 2007. The Academy of American Poets. 16 Apr. 2007 <http://www.poets.org>.
  • Nye, Naomi S. 19 Varieties of Gazelle. 1st ed. Greenwillow Brooks, 2002.
  • Nye, Naomi S. Fuel. Rochester, New York: Boa Editions, Ltd., 1998.
  • Nye, Naomi S. Red Suitcase. Brockport, New York: BOA Editions, Ltd., 1994.
  • "Transcript: Naomi Shihab Nye: a Bill Moyers Interview." PBS. 2007. Public Broadcasting Service. 17 Apr. 2007 <http://www.pbs.org>.