Cast Away: Poems for Our Time

Cast Away: Poems for Our Time

Acclaimed poet and Young Peoples 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....

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Title:Cast Away: Poems for Our Time
Author:Naomi Shihab Nye
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  • Rachel

    NSN is one of my favorite poets, both modern day and overall. Cast Away is a wonderful collection focused around the theme of trash. She manages to speak to almost all aspects of life while using this theme: love, loss, life, politics, humanity, climate change, the world through a toddlers eyes and heart, etc

    I found the entire collection thoughtful and around complex topics but stated in her known way-clear, concise, yet so beautiful and relatable. I think this is a great volume for kids, teens,

    NSN is one of my favorite poets, both modern day and overall. Cast Away is a wonderful collection focused around the theme of trash. She manages to speak to almost all aspects of life while using this theme: love, loss, life, politics, humanity, climate change, the world through a toddler’s eyes and heart, etc

    I found the entire collection thoughtful and around complex topics but stated in her known way-clear, concise, yet so beautiful and relatable. I think this is a great volume for kids, teens, and adults-all ages really. I think it would/will make a great way to speak to kids and teens about their concerns around climate change, politics, humanity, littering, love, loss, feeling insecure, etc. Thanks to NSN for sharing her words, her world, and for picking up trash continuously. You are inspiring.

  • Lynn

    I just loved these poems and would love to share them with many people and students. As a teacher Id love to share these with my students and with my fellow teachers and friends. Funny, witty and insightful poetry about litter, and the Earth. And people.

    I just loved these poems and would love to share them with many people and students. As a teacher I’d love to share these with my students and with my fellow teachers and friends. Funny, witty and insightful poetry about litter, and the Earth. And people.

  • Carrie

    At first, I thought this book was just about trash--the bits and pieces of residue we find thrown on streets. But I quickly realized that this book is about things that are discarded and our attitudes about those things.

    Things that are discarded could be

    --women who discard their efforts in order to give credit to men.

    --people at the border who are discarded as "useless" and "worthless"

    --the homeless who remain people despite their lack of shelter

    --humans who discard their earth under mounds of

    At first, I thought this book was just about trash--the bits and pieces of residue we find thrown on streets. But I quickly realized that this book is about things that are discarded and our attitudes about those things.

    Things that are discarded could be

    --women who discard their efforts in order to give credit to men.

    --people at the border who are discarded as "useless" and "worthless"

    --the homeless who remain people despite their lack of shelter

    --humans who discard their earth under mounds of plastic

  • Tasha

    By the Young Peoples Poet Laureate, this collection of poems shines a fierce light on the garbage and litter we create and toss away. The poems tie litter to larger environmental concerns as well as American politics in the time of anti-truth and fake news. Some poems question whether technology is helping us or not too. This is a collection that is thought provoking and insistent that we begin to pay attention to the large and small choices we are making each day and figure out how we too can

    By the Young People’s Poet Laureate, this collection of poems shines a fierce light on the garbage and litter we create and toss away. The poems tie litter to larger environmental concerns as well as American politics in the time of anti-truth and fake news. Some poems question whether technology is helping us or not too. This is a collection that is thought provoking and insistent that we begin to pay attention to the large and small choices we are making each day and figure out how we too can make a difference and start picking up our own litter, both physical and figurative.

    Nye has written a collection of poems with a strong political viewpoint that demands attention. Yet she never veers into lecturing readers, rather using the power of her words to make us all think differently about our privilege on this planet, how we abuse it, and how to restore balance to the world, our lives and our politics. The poems move from one to the next with a force of nature, almost like wandering your own garbage-strewn path and engaging with it. Sometimes you may lack the equipment, but the hope is that your own fingers start twitching to pick things up too.

    A strong collection that is provocative and tenacious. Appropriate for ages 10-14.

  • Lynn

    I admired this collection but I didn't revel in the poems as I usually do with Nye's work. Spare and beautifully crafted as always, there is an urgency and purpose to her exploration of trash and dealing with it. As I say, I admire the skill and craftsmanship and the message but it wasn't as emotionally immersive as I often find Nye's work and I'm sure this was a purely personal reaction.

    Several individual poems stand out but the collection ended up being one I finished because I knew I should

    I admired this collection but I didn't revel in the poems as I usually do with Nye's work. Spare and beautifully crafted as always, there is an urgency and purpose to her exploration of trash and dealing with it. As I say, I admire the skill and craftsmanship and the message but it wasn't as emotionally immersive as I often find Nye's work and I'm sure this was a purely personal reaction.

    Several individual poems stand out but the collection ended up being one I finished because I knew I should rather than one that called to me emotionally. It may be that I am feeling a bit overwhelmed with big issues that I have little control over lately.

  • Edward Sullivan

    Nye explores our world of trash in engaging, sometimes funny, sometimes poingnsant 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, and more.

  • Lucsbooks

    I liked the theme of the book and of the poems and the general feelings written about but sadly the poems themselves were not my type.

    My favorite thing about this book was in how much different ways the poet interpreted the word waste, both in the obvious physical sense but also all the things we throw away like words or feelings. I had never thought about things in such that way and I really liked that.

    Thank you to Greenwillow Books and Edelweiss+ for this DRC.

  • Dai Guerra

    While I thought these poems were written more for adults than young people I still found them interesting. I like how she wrote a whole book about trash and different types of trash. I thought it was interesting to really think about the way we throw things away and how careless we are with our things.

  • Zoë Danielle

    One of my unofficial reading goals for 2020 is to get back into reading more poetry, and that, plus a beautiful cover, lured me into reading Cast Away: Poems for Our Time by Naomi Shihab Nye, a collection about trash and politics. I have rarely read poetry intended for a younger audience, and while I thought the themes and messages behind the book were strong, I really didn't care much about the individual poems. I could see what Nye was trying to capture in the beauty of the discarded, but

    One of my unofficial reading goals for 2020 is to get back into reading more poetry, and that, plus a beautiful cover, lured me into reading Cast Away: Poems for Our Time by Naomi Shihab Nye, a collection about trash and politics. I have rarely read poetry intended for a younger audience, and while I thought the themes and messages behind the book were strong, I really didn't care much about the individual poems. I could see what Nye was trying to capture in the beauty of the discarded, but unfortunately she never quite captured my heart or imagination. The poems often felt emotionless and straightforward when I was hoping for lyrical beauty. Overall, Cast Away is a clear and concise collection, one that could be used as a starting point for a discussion of important issues such as what happens to our waste and how we treat the planet, but unfortunately it just wasn't poetry I connected to. 

    Disclosure: A digital copy of this book was provided for my review.

  • Meliss

    This was very disappointing. And I had high hopes too. I'm not sure who the intended audience is, because it doesn't sounds MG or YA and agressively political as well.

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