Truth Telling: The Poetry of Naomi Shihab Nye

Most known for her poem “Kindness,” Naomi Shihab Nye claims that “poetry tries to tell the truth, many truths, and tries to look and see deeply.” Her lyrical, passionate and compassionate poems sometimes invite us step into the worlds of children, the travels of immigrants and refugees, victims and perpetrators of violence. Other poems call us to reconsider the objects and events of our daily lives.

For the first hour and a half of class, we will discuss Nye’s poetry. In the last half hour, students are invited to write and share poems in response to prompts based on the evening’s work. The writing component is optional, and students may revise their work and submit it for further comments during the course.

Text: Everything Comes Next: Collected and New Poems by Naomi Shihab Nye, available in digital (Kindle) and hard copy.

Instructor:  Sr. Fran McManus, RSM

Mondays Oct. 17 to Nov. 28, 2022
6:00 – 8:00 PM
on Zoom

Fee: $60.00