"her poems combine transcendent liveliness and sparkle along with warmth and human insight. She is a champion of the literature of encouragement and heart. Reading her work enhances life." -- William Stafford. The Cultures of. Jessie Smith and Kristen Orchard. Naomi Shihab Nye.
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"her poems combine transcendent liveliness and sparkle along with warmth and human insight. She is a champion of the literature of encouragement and heart. Reading her work enhances life."
-- William Stafford
Jessie Smith and Kristen Orchard
Naomi Shihab Nye
Award from Texas Institute of Letters, the Carity Randall Prize, Jane Addams Children's Book award, and the Paterson Poetry Prize,the International Poetry Forum, four Pushcart Prizes, Academy of American Poets' Lavan Award, Voertman Poetry Prize, aLannan Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Wittner Bynner Fellowship.
“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”
.Hugging the Jukebox “warmth and celebratory tone”
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
This poem is as well as others, none angry or hateful tone, seems to be celebrating life even with its imperfectionWe Agree…
“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
The ordinariness and lack of action in some of her poems are effective, readers can relate
Means she is in good relations with society, in some poems points out things she doesn’t like in societyWe Disagree…
“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”
"Whenever someone suggests 'how much is lost in translation!' I want to say, 'Perhaps--but how much is gained!'"
“conversation with the world, conversation with those words on the page allowing them to speak back to you-- conversation with yourself.”