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Start your review of Transfer. Apr 18, Jenny Reading Envy rated it really liked it Shelves: read , poetry , ebooks. This book of poems is in memory of Nye's father, who passed away shortly before she wrote them. Some of them are actually composed based on pages he had written, with an entire section she attempted in his voice. He was a Palestinian who came to America after losing his home to Israeli occupation, so those themes are prevalent. My favorites: When One is So Far from Home, Life is a Mix of Fact and Fiction you can see a YouTube version combining imagery from Howl's Moving Castle to the poem read aloud For Mutanabbi Street "A single sentence which mesmerized one mind for hours will not be seen again, in that edition, will not be found tucked into a bookshelf of the friend we will not meet on the street we will not know.

What blows to pieces goes fast. They'll give it names, successful mission, progress in security. What lingers long - quiet hours reading, in which people were the best they hadn't been yet, something was coming, something exquisitely new, something anyone might do, and the paper flicker of turning. Nov 03, Elizabeth A rated it liked it Shelves: poetry , I've read several poems by the author that I've loved, but for some reason my library system didn't have the collection I wanted to read, so I tried this one instead.

This collection is a homage to her father and her grief at his death. I copied some of the lines into my journal, and there were times I stopped reading because I was stunned by t I've read several poems by the author that I've loved, but for some reason my library system didn't have the collection I wanted to read, so I tried this one instead. I copied some of the lines into my journal, and there were times I stopped reading because I was stunned by the imagery evoked, but overall this is not a collection I loved. I say that knowing full well that poetry is not my usual fare, so the fault might be all mine, and there I'll leave it.

It formed a balanced understanding of death in refugee and the significant of a homeland, which is accessible for immigrants through food, memory, and storytelling.

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Thus, I recommend this book for those who are interested in contemporary poetry, and want to know more about the Middle East culture and political views. This book praises the power of words and poetry; it has kept a father alive in words and given his daughter a chance to mourn him in poetry. Oct 15, Pete rated it really liked it Shelves: poetry. This collection is touching without being sentimental, instructive without being didactic, illuminating and at the same time humble.

But this book's reflections on her father, losing him, his emigration and resulting longing, and their connection of blood and of culture are vivid, resonant, and alternate between tough and sweet without being sentimental. Jan 31, Bill DeGenaro rated it it was amazing. A beautiful and moving cycle of poems by Nye, many about her recently deceased father. Readers meet Aziz Shihab in such intimate ways: some poems use lines from Aziz's journals as titles, some are written in his voice, some are about his final days, and many more capture his lifelong love and longing for Palestine and his gentle ability to talk to his colleagues and friends about the Mideast.

Sep 24, Miranda Hency rated it it was amazing Shelves: own , favorites , poetry. These poems hit me really hard and I felt wildly emotional reading this book. Considering there isn't really a day that I don't think about my own parents' mortality, this collection felt especially personal to me. Along with poems pertaining to her father's death, poems surrounding the conflicts between Israel and Palestine were also poignant and heartbreaking.

Apr 19, jmjester rated it it was amazing Shelves: poetry. I am never disappointed in her poetry. Jan 16, Holly Socolow rated it really liked it.

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I had the great fortune to hear her speak at a local college nearly a year ago and bought three of her books without knowing anything about them other than meeting the author herself who was so full of humanity it spilled over onto everyone she touched. It is not political in the sense that we hear on the news, but on the personal level. Of a man who has lost his homeland and has done the best he can in a new world, with an American wife and family and job and community, and forever missing his birthplace, his homeless home.

The fabric of everydayness is what NSN specializes in. A passing conversation. A humorous memory, his illness and health. These fragments that represent a thread to another time and a man who was her entire world. Some poems I found very moving and some did not resonate at all.

Some left me feeling tired of her grief and for a long time the book sat on my night table unfinished. There were only two pages to go and it took me nine months to read them. In those two pages, more narrative, helped to contextualize what came before and fall away any filters I had unknowingly had on while reading.

It is above all about love, inclusivity, the yearning for peace when it is senseless to fight. The picture on the back cover of the author at 8-years old with a look of purest delight as she and her father look right into the camera and at us, the reader.

It warms my heart as much as the magic of the words. Sep 12, Hannah Fenster rated it it was amazing.

This collection is the best kind of elegy-- it memorializes, refreshes, exposes. With deceptively clear language and phrasing, Transfer captures the deeply personal memory of Naomi Shihab Nye's Palestinian father. But Transfer also explores the ways in which her father's life reflects the experience of being Arab and Muslim in Palestine and America in recent years. Shihab Nye's words are as direct as they are gentle.


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Certain poems, like "A Kansas Preacher Called Me Muscleman," keep unfolding for This collection is the best kind of elegy-- it memorializes, refreshes, exposes. In a literary world still struggling to illuminate Palestinian loss of homeland and American islamophobia, it is thrilling to read poems where the grief is mentioned so softly, so strongly, and always with the possibility of "a planet so wide open for doing.

Sep 30, Vincent Scarpa rated it it was amazing. Naomi is, quite simply, a master. These poems are so rich, so important, so lovely. I admire most especially the way in which the poems orbit the tragic loss of her ill father while simultaneously interrogating and excavating the politics of Israel and Palestine and the US, for that matter in so doing.

An important book of poems that I will revisit time and time again, with so many lines that touched me deeply. She is a living legend in my book, and in the books of many others. Sep 28, Mike rated it really liked it.

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A powerful collection of poems by the Arab-American poet about her relationship with her father and with the Middle East in an age where America has involved itself in two wars in the region for nearly a decade. She not only finds the perfect balance between personal narrative and universal experien A powerful collection of poems by the Arab-American poet about her relationship with her father and with the Middle East in an age where America has involved itself in two wars in the region for nearly a decade.

She not only finds the perfect balance between personal narrative and universal experience, but she also conveys a sense of chaotic vastness, a feeling of looking out across tarmac, across sand, airplanes leaving for other cities, people you may never meet again. Nov 17, Nathan rated it really liked it. Naomi Shihab Nye is a true Texas Troubador, and plays guitar enough to prove it.

But I'm talking about the poems now. She is one of our national treasures. And "Transfer" is a beautiful, slightly haunting, collection about the loss of her father.

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Something that has not happened to me yet, and yet looms for me, sadly. There were one-liners that took my head off. She deals head-on with xenophobia, and what it means to have a homeland, while living in exile. This is a book for quiet nights… when we know we're going to have to get up again the next day and head back out into the world, going about the work… once again… of trying to save it… one simple gesture at a time Oct 10, Scott Wiggerman rated it really liked it.

Naomi Nye can do no wrong, and this moving tribute to her father and the dead is no exception. Some of the poems even use titles provided from her father's notebooks--and are spoken in her father's voice. The bond between daughter and father is strong, loving, and--at times--exasperating, but it's the love that most shines through. I enjoyed her latest collection of poems.

It begins with a series of poems about her father. He had recently died. She connects with the past and the old country of Palestine. The poems are very moving and intimate, almost as if the reader were reading the poet's diaries.