Naomi Shihab Nye
Naomi Shihab Nye Poems
- The Art Of Disappearing When they say Don't I know you? say ...
- So Much Happiness It is difficult to know what to do with so ...
- Making A Fist For the first time, on the road north of ...
- Hidden If you place a fern under a stone the next day it ...
- Blood "A true Arab knows how to catch a fly in his ...
- Shoulders A man crosses the street in rain, stepping gently,...
- Half-And-Half You can't be, says a Palestinian Christian on ...
a poet, songwriter, and novelist. She was born to a Palestinian father and American mother. Although she regards herself as a "wandering poet", she refers to San Antonio as her home.
Her first collection of poems, Different Ways to Pray, explored the theme of similarities and differences between cultures, which would become one of her lifelong areas of focus. Her other books include poetry collections 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East, A Maze Me, Red Suitcase, Field Trip and Fuel; a collection of essays entitled Never in a Hurry; a young-adult novel called Habibi (the semi-autobiographical story of an Arab-American teenager who moves to ... more »
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The Art Of Disappearing
When they say Don't I know you?
When they invite you to the party
remember what parties are like
Someone telling you in a loud voice
they once wrote a poem.
Greasy sausage balls on a paper plate.
If they say We should get together
It's not that you don't love them anymore.
You're trying to remember something
too important to forget.
Trees. The monastery bell at twilight.
Tell them you have a new project.
It will never be finished.
When someone recognizes you in a grocery ...