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Chris Hedges: The Campaign to Exterminate Muslims

Muslims in this age of racialized authoritarianism have been stripped of due process in our courts and are subject—as Abid Naseer and Haroon Aswat were in Britain before being extradited to … Continue reading

April 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Naomi Shihab Nye: They Are Not Much Fun

For Ahed Tamimi . Israeli soldiers, exhausted from carrying so many weapons for so many years, have lost their humors, you know this. Tear-gassing, shouting, pummeling, pushing, bullying, it’s a … Continue reading

February 15, 2018 · 3 Comments

Video: Naomi Shihab Nye reads “One Boy Told Me”

. Naomi Shihab Nye reads her poem “One Boy Told Me” at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. Naomi Shihab Nye was born in 1952 in St. Louis, Missouri, to … Continue reading

March 1, 2017 · 1 Comment

Naomi Shihab Nye: Ted Kooser is My President

When I travel abroad, I will invoke Ted’s poems at checkpoints: yes, barns, yes, memory, gentility, the quiet little wind among stones. If they ask, You are American? I will … Continue reading

February 1, 2017 · 4 Comments

Faiza Patel: Muslim Americans Are Building an Infrastructure to Protect Themselves

This election season has been an anxious time for Muslim Americans. After the election, my Facebook feed was filled with Muslim mothers wondering how to explain to their children that … Continue reading

November 30, 2016 · 1 Comment

Naomi Shihab Nye: American Election Day – Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

“Can you imagine? He will be the face of America now. To the whole world. We will have to hear his voice. It’s just terrible.” My new friend J from … Continue reading

November 12, 2016 · 1 Comment

Naomi Shihab Nye: Thank you, Bernie Sanders

Even Walt Whitman was confused. Who has rights and who doesn’t? Are white people superior to others? How did we miss this news in grade school, holding Whitman’s words on … Continue reading

May 13, 2016 · 2 Comments

Naomi Shihab Nye: Kindness

Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things, feel the future dissolve in a moment like salt in a weakened broth. What you held in your hand, … Continue reading

July 9, 2015 · 4 Comments

Naomi Shihab Nye: Different Ways to Pray

There was the method of kneeling, a fine method, if you lived in a country where stones were smooth. The women dreamed wistfully of bleached courtyards, hidden corners where knee … Continue reading

April 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: What is Poetry For?

A few days ago, an old priest who was a colleague of my wife’s passed away, and Eva came home from work angry at the world. I was worried; Eva … Continue reading

February 1, 2015 · 9 Comments

Naomi Shihab Nye: Blood

“A true Arab knows how to catch a fly in his hands,” my father would say. And he’d prove it, cupping the buzzer instantly while the host with the swatter … Continue reading

December 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Naomi Shihab Nye: On Inspiration

“I can never imagine how someone would fall in love with poetry and stop reading poems. But I think that people often talk themselves out of responding…” This video is … Continue reading

December 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Naomi Shihab Nye: “Letters My Prez Is Not Sending” and “Ted Kooser Is My President”

Naomi Shihab Nye reads two poems at the 2009 Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival: “Letters My Prez Is Not Sending” and “Ted Kooser Is My President.” This video is included here by … Continue reading

December 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Naomi Shihab Nye: The Art Of Teaching Poetry

Why is it that so many people say they don’t “get” poetry? As teachers, how can we approach poetry so that it doesn’t seem to our students like a puzzle … Continue reading

November 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

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