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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; 1 Reprint edition (May 8, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380733072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380733071
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #465,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 7 Up-"Loss" may seem a curious subject around which to center a collection of poetry, but this fine anthology feels absolutely natural. Lost memories, lost relationships, regret-each poem pierces and then releases readers, who pocket a new treasure at the end of each page. Naomi Nye has brought together over 100 selections from well-known adult poets as well as from those who are new or not widely published, from around the world. Notes on the contributors include quotes from the poets about their lives and work. Jennifer Weinblatt says, "Teenagers are often accused of melodrama, but there is a lot of genuine drama inherent in the teenage years...," and this sensibility permeates the collection. Michael Nye's black-and-white photographic portraits are as inventive and speak as much as the poems; in fact, they work best if viewed as independent works of art, instead of as illustrations. They add to the precise design of the book, on whose pages the words "What Have You Lost?" "What Have You Found?" float like random, ghostly reminders. As with Ruth Gordon's collection, Pierced by a Ray of Sun (HarperCollins, 1995), and Liz Rosenberg's Earth-Shattering Poems (Holt, 1995), What Have You Lost? puts into the hands of young adults new poems that speak to that intensely lonely, but consciousness-exploding time when they find themselves "Lost again,/where the world begins" (John Brandi's "Wilderness Poem").
Nina Lindsay, Oakland Public Library, CA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gr. 6^-12. "I am so in love I can't find my hat." There is nothing portentous about the contemporary poems and the occasional black-and-white photographs by Michael Nye in this anthology. The losses range from the trivial (a glove left in an airport terminal) to the tragic (a husband killed in Vietnam). In fact, as Nye points out in her splendid introduction, one reason why we fuss so much about petty losses is because we cannot bear to face the inevitable larger ones that can never be redeemed or reclaimed. This is a large collection of 140 poets, some well known (including William Stafford and Lucille Clifton), many published here for the first time, several in translation. Different poems will grab individual readers, depending on where they are now. The full-page portraits, mostly of teens, are never literal illustrations; whether posed or candid, they make you imagine their stories. The poets' voices are so intensely personal that you just have to turn to the biographical notes at the back after you have read each poem. They speak of failure, of being a "loser," of language (one bilingual poem is about what gets lost, not in translation, but between the happening of love or pain and its coming into words). Nuala Archer says plainly, "To lose or be lost quickens everything." Tell English teachers about this collection; they will find it a great stimulus for students' personal writing. Hazel Rochman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Naomi Shihab Nye, poet, essayist, anthologist, has been a recipient of writing fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation and the Witter Bynner Foundation/Library of Congress. Author of more than twenty volumes, her recent books inc

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Beautiful, haunting poems from writers of all ages.
Emily B.
I read this book in 9th grade and the poems resonated so deeply with me that I had certain lines in my head for years.
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See how I capitalize I now and R at the front of my company...these days... hm.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 17, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a collection of poems about losing things, for all age groups. From losing pencils, keys, toys, parents, siblings, spouses, trust and freindship. A very moving book of poetry. It contains excellent black and white illustrations and I recommend it for students from the 5th grade up, as well as parents and teachers.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I have only skimmed through this book but what I have found fills my soul. sister by andy young on p122 speaks so directly to me and probably to millions of others. In a way it makes me feel comforted, knowing that what we all share is loss. We all have loss in our lives and we learn and grow from it and somehow become stronger. I thank Naomi from the bottom of my heart for putting her time and energy into this beautiful compilation.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on September 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
Naomi Shihab Nye has compiled an anthology not only for young adults, but for anyone who has experienced loss. Highly recommended.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book on a whim for my 9 year old son. He found some of the ideas very sad. We enjoyed talking about the different types of losses. I definately got more out of it than he did. I have enjoyed sharing it with my friends. The poetry comes from many kinds of experiences and is a great all around poetry experience.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 19, 1999
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The photographs are haunting and the words stay with you because they are from the heart... definately not to be lost.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 3, 1999
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Rarely does a book grab hold of me and not let go until I've read and read. The poetry is of the highest quality and the photographs are stunning.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kathryn rowan on April 14, 2011
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I found your new ish? book tonight, after I was surfing for what Amazon would call my favorites
I'm always interested in what other people call my favorites
and I found YOU! and your new/ newest book?!
I wish I could see it... but i live in china. to remedy the situation I've purchased kindles for all my students
at Kate's Recognize academy.
See how I capitalize I now and R at the front of my company...these days... hm.
I wonder, ponder, asunder how many times
we think about friends we met once or twice or three times ... even too many. And the impact of time vs. moment.

Wishing I could read the new book...and hoping to meet you again soon.
Kate/ chinakate
Shenzhen, China
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Hallstead on May 30, 2008
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Everyone can relate to at least one of the poems in this book. The author takes a common thread (loss) and puts it between the cover of a very well compiled book. This is a wonderful book to have in your collection!
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