Saturday, April 17, 2010

Book of the Week

Naomi Shihab Nye is one of my favorite poets. She has a way of making the complex more simple and the simple more complex. Her free verse is flawless and intriguing and her imagery brings allows you to see and feel the world.

Her newest collection of poems is titled A Maze Me: Poems for Girls. This group of poems covers every subject from relationships to war to nature to human nature to love to random every day crazy/ beautiful-ness. I received this book as part of a generous donation of books to our classroom. I absolutely know that there are several of you who would love to read it. This collection is probably best for teen girls, but this author has other collections of poems that would pique the interest of the male members of our classroom.

Here is a poem from this collection:

Life is a tangle of
twisting paths.
Some short.
Some long.
There are dead ends.
And there are choices.
And wrong turns,
and detours,
and yield signs,
and instruction booklets,
and star maps,
and happiness,
and loneliness.
And friends.
And sisters.
And love.
And poetry.

Life is a maze.
You are a maze.
Amazed.
And amazing.

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