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Product Details

  • Series: A Far Corner Book
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The Eighth Mountain Press; 1st edition (October 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0933377290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0933377295
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.4 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

A political, spiritual Palestinian-American from Texas, Naomi Nye illuminates some of the subtler aspects of human experience in this volume of poems drawn from three previous collections. She ponders everything from the donor of a now-broken music box to a little girl clenching her fist against death, using absolute clarity of imagery and a gentle, authoritative voice to make her visions accessible. She also poses such unanswerable questions as "What makes a man with a gun seem bigger/ than a man with almonds?" -- making it a thought-provoking read.

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While Nye's technique is nearly flawless, this is not the mere shaping of superficial little boxes. Lyrically, calmly, she describes an Edenic landscape where "hands are churches that worship the world." Nye is philosophical, yes, but too delighted with her own findings to impose them on a reader. Instead, we find integrity, sincerity, and gentleness: the poet trying to remember who gave her a now-broken music box, the little girl making a fist against death, the woman who can "find holiness in anything/that continues." The poems in the last third of this book focus directly on Nye's Palestinian American heritage, as the poet tours the Mideast, inquisitive and frustrated. Drawn from three previous collections, this selection coincides with the publication of Red Suitcase, a volume of new work (BOA Editions, 1994). All in all, an accomplished writer still searching for a unique voice.
Rochelle Ratner, formerly Poetry Editor, "Soho Weekly News," New York
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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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Some poems are easy reads; others are obscure, requiring much introspection.
Carolyn
I am always finding new poets I like and its always hard to decide which volume of their work to purchase.
Kate
Words Under the Words is the perfect title for this selection of poems from Naomi Shihab Nye.
Dan Petersen

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Lore on July 28, 2002
Format: Paperback
Naomi Shihab Nye is Palestinian-American and currently lives in Texas. Words Under the Words is a collection of works from three earlier books: Different Ways to Pray, Hugging the Jukebox, and Yellow Glove. In this collection, her poetry celebrates the interconnectedness of the human spirit and the ordinary world. A stranger's eyes, once met, become the eyes of a fellow (Eye-to-Eye, p. 11); a serving woman's lined face tells a story of great worth (The Indian in the Kitchen, p.4); and images of Guatemala eulogize the passing of indigenous culture in service to the industrial world (Getting Through the Day, p. 69).
Nye's poetry is informed by her sense of place: Kindness (p.42) could have been written nowhere but from Colombia. Before you learn the solemnity of kindness, she writes, you must see a dead person lying roadside. "You must see how this could be you/how he, too, was someone/who journeyed through the night with plans/and the simple breath that kept him alive." Many of the poems in this book have been written from different Central and South American countries-others in the Middle East, in the United States-there is even a poem about being lost in Kansas.
In an interview with Rachel Berenblat, Nye said she has written poems from childhood. "I liked the portable, comfortable shape of poems," she said. "I liked the way they took you to a deeper, quieter place, almost immediately." It is no surprise, then, that these poems are accessible and harmonious, written in the language of empathy and compassion.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 13, 1996
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Ms. Nye brings together so many elements of her life, one
is sure to strike a chord with everyone who reads this
book. Her words, while descriptive, never fail to invoke
more than just their surface meaning. I find it best
to read each poem three times, right in a row. The first
to absorb the flavor and place, the second to garner the
depths and colors that are only implied, and third to
bring its meaning home, to own the poem as if it
were my own words. Her beautiful style is simple and clear,
yet embroidered with care for meaning and love for
language. I highly recommend this book to poetry lovers
others who enjoy pictures made with words.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Umber76 on March 28, 2001
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I have always felt that I couldn't "understand" poetry, but these poems spoke to me. I came across this book by accident, but once I started reading it, I couldn't part with it. I felt compelled to buy a copy. The beauty of Ms. Nye's poetry lies in its unpretentious yet eloquent simplicity. The poems are full of everyday events, people, emotions - yet express such profound ideas. They are full of humanity, good-will, and self-discovery. This is a book that would appeal to even the most "unliterary" person.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 18, 1998
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The Words Under the Words is certainly one of my favorite books of poetry. Nye writes with a warmth and gentleness that is calming, thought-provoking, and increasingly rare in today's poetry. She seems to have an amazingly accurate and poignant understanding of human emotions and presents these so softly and beautifully that it's hard not to fall in love with the stories that grow from these poems. One of the few books of poetry I've read cover to cover that's maintained a sense of freshness and wonder throughout. It held my interest like a hand. I can't imagine anyone not liking this book. A great read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kate on October 21, 2007
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I was told about this book by a friend at an Artist Retreat. I had the opportunity to read a few poems by Naomi especially "Happiness". I was bowled away by the beauty and honesty of her work. I had to have a copy and ordered one as soon as I got to a computer. It was only later that I found out it was a collection of her best work. I am always finding new poets I like and its always hard to decide which volume of their work to purchase. Volumes like this make it easy. A poets best work is always a good choice. This comes with my highest recommendation.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Loring on July 26, 2007
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Initially I was attracted to this book because of the photo on the cover, and took it out from the library on a whim. Finding her poetry to be rich, savory, and memorable, I am now always watching for more of her work! Two of my favorites in this volume are "Kindness" and "Happiness." I think you'll enjoy them as well!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dan Petersen on March 1, 2014
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Words Under the Words is the perfect title for this selection of poems from Naomi Shihab Nye. It is my first exposure to the author and I would recommend it to anyone looking beneath their own words in life.
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