Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners

Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners

Acclaimed and award-winning poet, teacher, and National Book Award finalist Naomi Shihab Nye?s uncommon and unforgettable voice offers readers peace, humor, inspiration, and solace. This volume of almost one hundred original poems is a stunning and engaging tribute to the diverse voices past and present that comfort us, compel us, lead us, and give us hope. Voices in the Ai Acclaimed and award-winning poet, teacher, and National Book Award finalist Naomi Shihab Nye?s uncommon and unfor...

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Title:Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners
Author:Naomi Shihab Nye
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Genres:Poetry
ISBN:0062691864
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:208 pages pages

Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners Reviews

  • Jane
    Sep 12, 2018
    Great ideas for young poets who are searching for subjects for poetry. The idea that there are voices all around us urging us to hear them and write is a great one. I love Naomi Shihab Nye's poetry. When she writes for young people, she often writes too simply. I find her poems for adu...
  • Lynn
    Feb 20, 2018
    I worked my way slowly through this collection with a poem or two a day, holding the reins on my urge to read another and then another and gallop through all at once. Thoughtful, funny, moving, inspiring, subversive, calming. I loved the introduction asking us to pause on our way to...
  • Becky
    Jul 20, 2018
    I think this could have been better designed. The short biographies of the people who inspired the poems should have been right next to the poem instead of in an index. It was otherwise distracting to flip back and forth for the people I didn't know. Because of this I much preferred th...
  • Ron
    Apr 03, 2018
    Have always loved Naomi Shihab Nye after discovering her at a reading at the Art Institute in Chicago. This new collection really blew me away - fresh, robust, thought provoking. This is one I will be revisiting over time. She touches on themes of our current culture without ramming th...
  • Liaken
    Jan 30, 2019
    How many stars? I used three, but I don't really know. There is a strong political undercurrent, there are many poems dedicated to very specific people, and there is an enormous font size, for some strange reason (is it because this was somehow intended for teens? and is that why the p...
  • Doni
    Oct 02, 2018
    My favorite: "I mailed a package to myself, it never arrived. Months later, wondering what it contained... the package was oversized, I paid extra. Mailed it from a place under trees. Surely shade and sunlight was in the package. Mailed it from a place compassionate to refugees...
  • Robyn
    Apr 14, 2018
    I had high expectations for this collection. First Line: Poet Galway Kinnell said, ?To me, poetry is someone standing up, so to speak, and saying, with as little concealment as possible, what it is for him or her to be on earth at this moment, p.xi. There are voices all arou...
  • Kathy
    Jan 14, 2018
    Nearly 100 short poems celebrate others' voices, from writers and singers to her own Palestinian-American father. Lovely to read leisurely and think about, this leads the reader to more discoveries. This is clearly a crossover book, middle school up. read in galley. A favorite poet wri...
  • Tracie
    Jun 07, 2018
    A collection of thoughtful "poems for listeners" that pays tribute to a wide range of influential voices, including beloved writers, musicians, and activists. I love the spirit of this collection, but I felt that the poems in Nye's previous books (19 Varieties of Gazelle) were a li...
  • The Reading Countess
    Jul 31, 2018
    Naomi Shihab Nye is a local poetry phenom. She?s a national treasure who speaks her truth in a plethora of books. She?s my ?I Wanna Be HER When/If I Grow Up? model. Her poem, ?Famous? is ripe with personification, metaphor, and repetition and is a hallmark piece when teachi...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Dec 26, 2017
    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus This new collection of poems from the wonderful Nye is a bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand, when she is good, she makes me cry. Her Honeybee and A Maze Me are always the first books to check out when the seventh grade does their poetry unit. She excels at...
  • RH Walters
    Aug 09, 2018
    Technically I didn't finish this before it was due back at the library but it's already put permanent grooves in my brain that the needle of my consciousness will skip back to. Such as: Recently when I had the honor of visiting Yokohama International School in Japan to conduct poetr...
  • Tricia
    Jun 03, 2018
    From the poem Small Basket of Happiness: ?It would never call your name./But it would be waiting somewhere close,/perhaps under a crushed leaf/turned from pale green to gold/with no fanfare?You would slow down a minute./ You would bend.? Like happiness itself, Nye?s poems steal...
  • Lindsey Brewer
    Feb 22, 2019
    This was the first book of poems I bought (albeit for the library) in a long time. Some were deep, some had great imagery, and a whole bunch were absolutely relatable! I read a few out to the teens in the library and they seemed to enjoy them and were interested in more. Overall, a lov...
  • Pam
    May 21, 2018
    If you like poetry, you can't go wrong with anything by Naomi Shihab Nye. ...
  • Ellen Campbell
    Oct 22, 2018
    This collection of poetry has been the delight of my fall...a well needed lift. I have read and reread the introduction several times. The notion of Yutori has been something I am pondering every day and seeking to find. I am not ready to shelve this book quite yet and it will remain o...
  • Jason
    Mar 15, 2019
    1) Benevolent 2) Tender 3) Comforting Enjoyment: 4 She's up to it again...The delicious in the diurnal. All we miss in the noise of life. Be sure to read a few of these poems out loud, letting her words mingle with your voice like falling parachutes, falling safely to the ground....
  • Jeanie Phillips
    Dec 02, 2017
    Loved this collection of poems by a favorite poet! There are many many favorites in these pages and I can envision using them with students in a variety of ways. And the final version promises illustrations I've not even seen yet... can't wait to own a hard back copy. Some of the po...
  • Bobby
    Jan 02, 2019
    Naomi Shihab Nye is becoming one of my favorite poets. Words Under the Words inspired me to read Honeybee inspired me to read Voices in the Air which will certainly inspire reading more of her collections. This is my favorite of hers so far and I'll certainly be returning to this power...
  • Alvera
    Jan 12, 2019
    As with most any book of poetry, I found some to be profound and powerful and some not especially to my taste. I love the concept she wrapped this collection around. And I love that she captures moments of beauty, of kinship with people she knew personally and not, of anger and pain, o...
  • BonLivre
    Jul 05, 2018
    Thank you to the publisher for an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. One of the many great things about a library?s summer reading challenge is that it encourages you to pick up a new genre; poetry, for me, was such a challenge. I am glad to have been able to...
  • Dianna Rostad
    Jun 10, 2018
    A beautiful collection of poems! ...
  • Saruuh Kelsey
    Jun 26, 2018
    To read this book, every day I took a few minutes of quiet time. It became a ritual to read these poems of love and resistance and frustration and love. There are poems I loved and poems I didn't, but I loved the simple act of reading them either way. Worlds and lives come to life in t...
  • Elizabeth Wallace
    Sep 16, 2018
    Powerful read. I was unaware of the issues related to Palestine and the author gently, yet powerfully, provides insights and stories which are powerful and captivating. I am sold on this poet! ...
  • Michelle
    Jan 07, 2019
    One thing I love about Naomi Shihab Nye's poetry collections is that her introductions are as nourishing as the poetry itself. In Voices, she talks about the need to listen better?how to reclaim a quiet, slower pace in our lives in order to become more receptive. "Reminding oursel...
  • Jacque
    Apr 03, 2018
    Shihab Nye?s one and two liners of pocket wisdom are everywhere in this book. I?m new to reading books of poetry cover to cover and am still developing an appreciation for them. Like sips of complex wine, each poem needs time to develop on the palate and reveal themselves to you. I...
  • Rachel Strolle
    Feb 13, 2018
    File under: I'm trying to be a poetry person, but I think novels in verse are as close as I can get ...
  • mary stuart murray
    May 13, 2018
    What a lovely book of poetry. Naomi really writes with feeling, and I love how so many of her poems are dedicated to those whom she loves or admires. Sometimes her phrases and words would make my heart glow and goosebumps rise on my arms. She really has a way with words. I wish I could...
  • Ashley
    Feb 16, 2018
    I want to memorize the introduction and recite it to everyone I know. ...
  • Briana
    Oct 15, 2018
    The book is about many different stories combined together. It gives you a variety of culture and living along with in depth details about the characters along with their feeling. I would say my favorite thing about this story is how in depth they go with all the characters feeling....