19 Varieties of Gazelle

19 Varieties of Gazelle

Poems of the Middle East

Book - 2002
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"Tell me how to live so many lives at once ..."

Fowzi, who beats everyone at dominoes; Ibtisam, who wanted to be a doctor; Abu Mahmoud, who knows every eggplant and peach in his West Bank garden; mysterious Uncle Mohammed, who moved to the mountain; a girl in a red sweater dangling a book bag; children in velvet dresses who haunt the candy bowl at the party; Baba Kamalyari, age 71; Mr. Dajani and his swans; Sitti Khadra, who never lost her peace inside.

Maybe they have something to tell us.

Naomi Shihab Nye has been writing about being Arab-American, about Jerusalem, about the West Bank, about family all her life. These new and collected poems of the Middle East -- sixty in all -- appear together here for the first time.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2002
ISBN: 9780060097653
Characteristics: xviii, 142 p
Alternative Title: Nineteen varieties of gazelle


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Jun 15, 2013

I cannot say anything about Naomi Shihab Nye that is equal to her poetry. "Our friend from Turkey says language is so delicate / he likens it to a darling. / We will take this word in our arms. / It will be small and breathing. / We will not wish to scare it. / Pressing lips to the edge of each syllable. / Nothing else will save us now."

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