Naomi Shihab Nye

Naomi Shihab Nye is an American poet born in Missouri. She graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio with a BA and has won numerous awards for her literary works. These include the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Ivan Sandrof Award for Lifetime Achievement. 


‘Arabic’, a thoughtful poem by Naomi Shihab Nye appears in Red Suitcase: Poems (1994). This poem features a speaker’s forgetfulness concerning her mother tongue (Arabic) and culture.


‘Kindness’ is one of the best-known poems of Naomi Shihab Nye. It upholds the value of kindness in the modern world and how we can incorporate this attitude into our hearts.

Supple Cord

‘Supple Cord’ by Naomi Shihab Nye uses remarkably simple terms to express a similarly simple link between two siblings: a “cord.”

The Trashpickers, Madison Street

Naomi Shihab Nye’s ‘The Trashpickers, Madison Street’ describes the morning routine of trash pickers across Madison Street and their way of searching for happiness from the trash.

The Traveling Onion

‘The Traveling Onion’ by Naomi Shihab Nye is an interesting poem. It describes the travels of an onion and how overlooked it is during meals. 

Wedding Cake

‘Wedding Cake’ by Naomi Shihab Nye describes a brief moment a speaker took care of a child on an airplane. 

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