“Cross That Line”

Naomi Shihab Nye

is the author of 19 Varieties of GazelleYou & YoursWords Under WordsA Maze Me: Poems for Girls, and Transfer.

American singer, acclaimed actor of stage and screen, political activist, and civil rights campaigner Paul Robeson (1898 - 1976), rehearses at the piano.
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February 16th, 2017

What lines might we dare to cross, and what songs might we hear, that can deepen our days? Paul Robeson is known and loved for his powerful voice and screen presence. But less known are the struggles he faced as a civil rights activist during McCarthyism — which branded him a communist and prohibited him from traveling to perform for his fans across the globe. His story sparks a poetic ode from Naomi Shihab Nye, and a bracing question for our time.

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August 25th, 2016

From Naomi Shihab Nye, a playful address to characters in a life, in all their intriguing mundanity.

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August 9th, 2016

With the metaphor of the humble onion as her guide, Naomi Shihab Nye pens a poem in praise of all the small forgotten miracles of everyday life.

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July 28th, 2016

Skin remembers how long the years grow when skin is not touched, a gray tunnel of singleness, feather lost from…

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January 26th, 2015

Aziz Our father who was always our father not always our father Refugee not always once a confident schoolboy strolling…

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January 26th, 2015

Unfortunately it’s true. Like it or not. Educated or not. This is one of the many things Americans don’t understand…

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January 26th, 2015

Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things, feel the future dissolve in a moment like salt…

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January 26th, 2015

Mahmoud, so spare inside his elegant suit, stepped across stony fields, bent to brush the petal of a flower, didn’t…

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