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This Same Sky: A Collection of Poems from…

This Same Sky: A Collection of Poems from Around the World (1992)

by Naomi Shihab Nye

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Was given to Z to read by a wise friend because it doesn't have as many "dead white guys" as a lot of the anthologies that are geared toward younger readers. Lovely, lyrical, sometimes emotionally/politically raw poetry . . . and Z loved it. ( )
  beckydj | Mar 30, 2013 |
This Same Sky: A Collection of Poems from Around the World, selected by Naomi Shihab Nye, contains poems from 129 poets in 68 different countries. The collection’s table of contents is separated by topic: ie., “Words and Silences”, Dreams and Dreamers”, “Families”, This Earth and Sky In Which We Live”, “Losses”, and “Human Mysteries”. From the beginning, the selection creates a reading atmosphere allowing the human connection to resonate. No matter what part of the world one lives, we experience strong similarities. An impressive feature in the back of the book, the author includes a brief set of notes on each of the poets included in her book. This is a wonderful starting point for students interested in finding out more about the poets. Following the several pages of notes, Nye includes a map of the world identifying the countries from where the contributors came. Next, she includes a page of further reading suggestions. Also in the back of the book is an index to the countries so students can easily search for the countries represented in the collection. Finally, there is an index to the poets. This is a great collection for a high school library. ( )
  kdangleis | Dec 7, 2010 |
The Same Sky is an extremely versatile book, one that can be used by high school aged students in an English or Social Science course, or both at the same time. Were I to use it in the classroom, I would encourage its use during a section on World History, but have its introduction be in a Language Arts course. The poems making up the book provide insight to the feelings, emotions and thoughts of individuals across the world.
It seems clear that one of the editor’s goals must have been to unite the different cultures through a single media, poetry. The collection would also be great for library use and as outside reading.

Excerpt from one of my favorite poems of the book, The Land of Mists:

“Therefore in the land of mists
You should not try to see
You have to hear things
For if don’t hear you can’t live”

By Kwang-kyu Kim from South Korea
  LanaLee123 | Jun 7, 2009 |
Great collection of poems. Very intriguing to see where each poem is and connect the feelings and stories from the different cultures.
  kimawat | Apr 30, 2009 |
This is an extraordinary anthology, not only in its global range--129 contemporary poets from 68 countries, their work translated from many languages--but also in the quality of the selections and the immediacy of their appeal. From Palestine, Argentina, Latvia, Israel, and Lebanon to India, New Zealand, and El Salvador, diverse voices connect us all. Many poets, especially those from eastern Europe and the Middle East, have barely appeared in YA books before. Editor Nye, a fine writer herself who visits schools across the country to talk about poetry, shows us what we've missed. Most of the poems are upbeat (Who says comedy doesn't travel?) and loosely organized into sections that include families, animals, and the natural world; there are also poems about suffering, several about prison. Browsers will dip into this, and teachers will find the index by country useful for curriculum units. No illustrations distract from the verbal imagery; there's just a bright wraparound cover and endpapers made up of the signatures and stamps of the poets who wrote to Nye and mailed her their work. The brief notes on each contributor include some terse personal comments and stories that are nearly as stirring as the poetry. Nye includes a suggested list of anthologies, like those by Janeczco, that focus on the U.S. The translations are casual, even colloquial, getting away from the idea of poetry as something special and exotic. As the Estonian poet Kaplinski says, "Everything that is is very ordinary / or, rather, neither ordinary nor strange." Yes, says Nye, something must be lost in translation--but look at what's gained. Category: Older Readers. 1992, Four Winds, $15.95. Gr. 7-12. Starred Review. (Hazel Rochman, Booklist, Oct. 15, 1992 (Vol. 89, No. 4))
  JoannaT | Nov 27, 2007 |
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A poetry anthology in which 129 poets from sixty-eight different countries celebrate the natural world and its human and animal inhabitants.

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