Poetry Friday: New Book by Naomi Shihab Nye

Time You Let Me In: 25 Poets Under 25  is a new collection of poems collected by Naomi Shihab Nye. 

In her introduction she states, “There has never been a shortage of hope and change for these young artists and writers under the age of twenty-five. It’s their currency–to experiment,  penetrate layers and realms and eras and elements, participate in many directions,  discover what’s coming next. Moderation can wait— plenty of time for that later. Now’s the time to be an explorer inside the rich hours…Whatever age we are we need to figure out how to keep letting one another into our worlds. What will change? Everything. Better world. Richer fields. Fuller harvest.”

Wow!  This perhaps explains why I love my job. I have an opportunity to connect each day with those explorers, my students.  I get to be in their world a bit and they get to be in my world a bit. 

Here’s a taste of these poems.

do you think…

do you think
if you left your house
emily dickinson
your poems would have titles?

~~Chase Beggrun

Fourth or fifth love

I want love to be simple, like
the creased notes you slipped
through the locker grates in high school
and as careful as efforts to decipher
what you’ve written beneath the clouds
or eraser marks…read the rest HERE

I am inspired to grab those poems from my poets under 12 and put them in their own collection.  So that we may add to better world, richer fields and fuller harvest.



Would you like an original poem delivered to your mailbox instead of a bill?  Email me your address at macrush53 at yahoo dot com.  I will send you an original student written poem.

I participated in the Poetry Stretch at Deowriter.

Poetry Friday is hosted at The  Teaching Books .

Happy Reading.



7 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: New Book by Naomi Shihab Nye

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  2. Yay for young(er) writers! I’ve wondered that, too, about Emily… how different her work would have been had she been exposed to outside influences. Great thought. Thanks for sharing!

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