Treasure Island

Naomi Shihab Nye

(12 March 1952 / St. Louis, Missouri)

Quotations

  • ''I'm not interested in
    who suffered the most.
    I'm interested in
    people getting over it.''
    Naomi Shihab Nye (b. 1952), U.S. poet. "Jerusalem," lines 1-4 (1994).
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  • ''I can never see fashion models,
    lean angular cheeks, strutting hips
    and blooming hair, without thinking of
    the skulls at the catacombs in Lima, Peru.''
    Naomi Shihab Nye (b. 1952), U.S. poet. "Morning Paper, Society Page," lines 1-4 (1994).
  • ''I support all people on earth
    who have bodies like and unlike my body,
    skins and moles and old scars,
    secret and public hair,
    crooked toes. I support
    those who have done nothing large.''
    Naomi Shihab Nye (b. 1952), U.S. poet. "Those Whom We Do Not Know," part 2, lines 1-6 (1994).

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Two Countries

Skin remembers how long the years grow
when skin is not touched, a gray tunnel
of singleness, feather lost from the tail
of a bird, swirling onto a step,
swept away by someone who never saw
it was a feather. Skin ate, walked,
slept by itself, knew how to raise a
see-you-later hand. But skin felt
it was never seen, never known as

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