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You And Yours

Author : Naomi Shihab Nye
ISBN : 9781938160394
Genre : Poetry
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In You and Yours, Naomi Shihab Nye continues her conversation with ordinary people whose lives become, through her empathetic use of poetic language, extraordinary. Nye writes of local life in her inner-city Texas neighborhood, about rural schools and urban communities she’s visited in this country, as well as the daily rituals of Jews and Palestinians who live in the war-torn Middle East. The Day I missed the day on which it was said others should not have certain weapons, but we could. Not only could, but should, and do. I missed that day. Was I sleeping? I might have been digging in the yard, doing something small and slow as usual. Or maybe I wasn’t born yet. What about all the other people who aren’t born? Who will tell them? Balancing direct language with a suggestive “aslantness,” Nye probes the fragile connection between language and meaning. She never shies from the challenge of trying to name the mysterious logic of childhood or speak truth to power in the face of the horrors of war. She understands our lives are marked by tragedy, inequity, and misunderstanding, and that our best chance of surviving our losses and shortcomings is to maintain a heightened awareness of the sacred in all things. Naomi Shihab Nye, poet, editor, anthologist, is a recipient of writing fellowships from the Lannan and Guggenheim foundations. Nye’s work has been featured on PBS poetry specials including NOW with Bill Moyers, The Language of Life with Bill Moyers, and The United States of Poetry. She has traveled abroad as a visiting writer on three Arts America tours sponsored by the United States Information Agency. In 2001 she received a presidential appointment to the National Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities. She lives in San Antonio, Texas.
Category: Poetry

Talking Through The Door

Author : Susan Atefat-Peckham
ISBN : 9780815652601
Genre : Fiction
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The writers included here are descendants of multiple cultural heritages and reflect the perspectives of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds: Egyptian, Iranian, Iraqi, Jordanian, Lebanese, Libyan, Palestinian, Syrian. They are from diverse socioeconomic classes and spiritual sensibilities: Jewish, Muslim, Christian, and atheist, among others. Yet they coexist in this volume as simply American voices. Atefat-Peckham gathered poetry and prose from sixteen accomplished writers whose works concern a variety of themes: from the familial cross– cultural misunderstandings and conflicts in the works of Iranian American writers Nahid Rachlin and Roger Sedarat to the mysticism of Khaled Mattawa‘ s poems; from the superstitions that govern characters in Diana Abu- Jaber‘s prose to the devastating homesickness in Pauline Kaldas‘s characters. Filled with emotion and keen observations, this collection showcases these writers‘ vital contributions to contemporary American literature.
Category: Fiction

You And Yours

Author : Naomi Shihab Nye
ISBN : 1929918682
Genre : Poetry
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A collection of poems by the Palestinian-American poet looks at life in her inner-city Texas neighborhood, as well as the daily rituals of Jews and Palestinians who live in the war-torn Middle East.
Category: Poetry

Yellow Light

Author : Amy Ling
ISBN : 1566398177
Genre : Art
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Amy Ling brings together in one comprehensive volume poets, novelists, dramatists, musicians, songwriters, composers, filmmakers, choreographers, and performance artists who span three generations and represent the broad spectrum of ethnicities that make up Asian America. They share thoughts on their work, their audiences, and their relationship to the Asian American rubric and American life and culture. They provide a rare glimpse of the inspirations and aspirations out of which their energy and ideas grow and place their work, each differently, in the complex fabric of American life. An indispensible anthology of work and an inspiring and provocative cultural record, Yellow Light casts a revealing glow on the contradictions, influences, imagination, and humanity expressed through the vastly varied creative projects of Americans with Asian roots. This book will engage readers interested in Asian American literature, film, and culture and students and scholars of Asian American studies, American culture, and multicultural studies. What is Asian America? a place? a race? a frame of reference? a government-imposed expedient? a box to check on a form? It's a dream in the heart Like Bulosan's claim, a tug in the gut, a gleam of recognition: Asian ancestry American struggle. --Amy Ling Author note: The late Amy Ling was Professor in the Department of English and the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She authored numerous books, including Between Worlds: Women Writers of Chinese Ancestry and Chinamerican Reflections, a chapbook of poems and paintings.
Category: Art

Structure And Meaning In Medieval Arabic And Persian Lyric Poetry

Author : Julie Meisami
ISBN : 9781135790103
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This is the first comprehensive and comparative study of compositional and stylistic techniques in medieval Arabic and Persian lyric poetry. Ranging over some seven countries, it deals with works by over thirty poets in the Islamic world from Spain to present-day Afghanistan, and examines how this rich poetic traditions exhibits both continuity and development in the use of a wide variety of compositional strategies. Discussing such topics as principles of structural organisation, the use of rhetorical figures, metaphor and images, and providing detailed analyses of a large number of poetic texts, it shows how structural and semantic features interacted to bring coherence and meaning to the individual poem. It also examines works by the indigenous critics of poetry in both Arabic and Persian, and demonstrates the critics' awareness of, and interest in, the techniques which poets employed to construct poems which were both eloquent and meaningful. Comparisons are also made with classical and medieval poetics in the west. The book will be of interest not merely to specialists in the relevant fields, but also to all those interested in pre-modern poetry and poetics.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Tiny Journalist

Author : Naomi Shihab Nye
ISBN : 1942683723
Genre : Poetry
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Internationally celebrated poet places her Palestinian-American identity center stage, putting a human face on war, honoring courage, praying for peace.
Category: Poetry

The Collected Letters Of Joseph Conrad

Author : Joseph Conrad
ISBN : 0521561965
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Gathers letters to Conrad's friends, family, fellow writers, and editors from the first forty years of his life
Category: Biography & Autobiography