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Cast Away: Poems for Our Time

By: Naomi Shihab Nye

“How much have you thrown away in your lifetime already? Do you ever think about it? Where does this plethora of leavings come from? How long does it take you, even one little you, to fill the can by your desk?”—Naomi Shihab Nye

National Book Award finalist and devoted trash-picker-upper Naomi Shihab Nye explores these questions and more in her original poetry collection Cast Away. “I couldn’t save the world, but I could pick up trash,” she says in her introduction to this stunning collection. With poems about food wrappers, lost mittens, plastic straws, refugee children, trashy talk, the environment, connection, community, responsibility to the planet, politics, immigration, time, junk mail, trash collectors, garbage trucks, all that we carry and all that we discard, this is a rich, engaging, moving, and sometimes humorous collection for readers ages twelve to adult.

Introduction. “Ideas for Writing, Recycling, Reclaiming.” Index of first lines.

ISBN: 9780062907691

JLG Release: Apr 2020


Sensitive Areas: Social Issue: Political Viewpoint/Satire
Topics: Litter , Consumerism , Activism , Refugees , Environmentalism , Community , Politics , Books in verse , Poetry

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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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Young People’s Poet Laureate Nye ponders the things we carry and throw away—both literal and metaphorical. The poems cover a large range of topics: discarded food wrappers; animal hoarding; the migrant children who have been seized by the U.S. Border Patrol. Nye contemplates the acts of discarding or leaving, but also finding. Nye writes in her Young People’s Poet Laureate Nye ponders the things we carry and throw away—both literal and metaphorical. The poems cover a large range of topics: discarded food wrappers; animal hoarding; the migrant children who have been seized by the U.S. Border Patrol. Nye contemplates the acts of discarding or leaving, but also finding. Nye writes in her introduction, “Sometimes we have to leave things. You never know what’s out there. Selection is involved.” This idea is also applicable to the craft of writing and will serve as good advice to young poets. Many of the featured topics are suitable for mature teens or adults. Sometimes the intended audience feels deliberately focused on adults, like in the heartfelt and sparse poem “Nothing.” However, the poems could be gently unpacked by younger readers with guidance. Nye provides thematic examples from many perspectives, giving this collection a rich variety and impressive scope. The book itself is organized into five separate “Routes,” each with its own spin on the things we discard. There is much to discover in Nye’s beautiful and timely collection filled with haunting, sensory images. A must-have for all poetry collections.

Book Details

ISBN

9780062907691

First Release

April 2020

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

811

Trim Size

9" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

176

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Greenwillow Bks.

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Social Issue: Political Viewpoint/Satire

Topics

Litter, Consumerism, Activism, Refugees, Environmentalism, Community, Politics, Books in verse, Poetry,

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Book Genres

Poetry

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