Cast Away: Poems for Our Time
Cast Away: Poems for Our Time

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Annotation: Acclaimed poet and Young People's Poet Laureate Naomi Shihab Nye shines a spotlight on the things we cast away, from pla... more
Genre: Poetry
Catalog Number: #210817
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 159 pages
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: Publisher: 0-06-290769-7 Perma-Bound: 0-605-01496-5
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-06-290769-1 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-01496-1
Dewey: 811
LCCN: 2019021149
Dimensions: 23 cm.
Language: English
School Library Journal Starred Review
Gr 5 Up Young People's Poet Laureate Nye ponders the things we carry and throw awayboth 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. VERDICT There is much to discover in Nye's beautiful and timely collection filled with haunting, sensory images. A must-have for all poetry collections. Shannon O'Connor, Unami Middle School, Chalfont, PA
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* What is trash? Do we expand the definition to include people we consider less than ourselves? How many of us "cast away" with little thought of consequences? In these poignant poems, Young People's Poet Laureate Nye challenges readers, no matter their age, to consider their definition of trash and their responses to it. She has become a staunch advocate for cleaning up the world, beginning with the spaces immediately around us. In some respects, her never-before published poems are reminiscent of Shel Silverstein's "Sarah Sylvia Cynthia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out" (Where the Sidewalk Ends, 1974); but she challenges readers to become activists and to gain deeper awareness of their surroundings. With titles like "Folded Cardboard in the Street," "Owner of 136 Snakes Surrenders Them, Texas", "Trash Walk", and "Not My Problem", Nye crafts powerful object lessons with every poem. She reminds readers to look at poverty in new ways; to consider the food they toss; and to reflect upon the plastic that has created an island in the Pacific Ocean. The collection features humorous, witty, serious, and even some politically charged poems, all of which will leave readers with a consciousness of the precarious environment. Her poetic polemic on trash is truly a treasure for readers.
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Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: 3-6

Acclaimed poet and Young People's Poet Laureate Naomi Shihab Nye shines a spotlight on the things we cast away, from plastic water bottles to those less fortunate, in this collection of more than eighty original and never-before-published poems. A deeply moving, sometimes funny, and always provocative poetry collection for all ages. "Nye at her engaging, insightful best."--Kirkus (starred review) "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, Young People's Poet Laureate, and devoted trash-picker-upper Naomi Shihab Nye explores these questions and more in this original collection of poetry that features more than eighty new poems. "I couldn't save the world, but I could pick up trash," she says in her introduction to this stunning volume. 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. Features an index.

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