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Words Under the Words: Selected Poems (A Far Corner Book) Paperback – October 1, 1994
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Rochelle Ratner, formerly Poetry Editor, "Soho Weekly News," New York
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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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.
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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An amazing poet. I bought this book because it contained the poem 'Kindness', that poem touches me every time I read it and never fails to bring tears to my eyes. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michelle
I like some of the poems so well that I have written music to one (3 well-received performances) and am writing music for another. With the poet's permission, of course.Published 2 months ago by Epicomp
Very meaningful writer of this age. I highly suggest this as a reading for someone who is thoughtful about the world and how we all connect.Published 13 months ago by Turtle
Beautiful lyrical poems about a range of topics, many filled with a mysterious poignancy that clutches at the emotions even if the meaning is somewhat obscure at times. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Judy Croome
I love this poet. Very human and very beautiful words that touch you to the core. Highly recommended!Published on July 4, 2014 by Cat
These poems are concise, metaphorical and have a depth not found in most poetry,
they are a poetry lover's dream.