Red Suitcase by Naomi Shihab Nye

By Naomi Shihab Nye

Poet, instructor, essayist, anthologist, songwriter and singer, Naomi Shihab Nye is without doubt one of the country's such a lot acclaimed writers. Her voice is beneficiant; her imaginative and prescient real; her matters usual humans, and traditional events which, whilst rendered via her language, turn into extraordinary. during this, her fourth complete choice of poetry, we see with new eyes-a grandmother's shawl, an alarm clock, a guy wearing his son on his shoulders.
Valentine for Ernest Mann
You can't order a poem such as you order a taco.
Walk as much as the counter and say, "I'll take two"
and anticipate it to passed again to you
on a glittery plate.
Still, i love you spirit.
Anyone who says, "Here's my address,
write me a poem," merits anything in reply.
So I'll inform a mystery instead:
poems disguise. within the bottoms of our shoes,
they are slumbering. they're the shadows
drifting throughout our ceilings the moment
before we get up. What we need to do
is dwell in a fashion that we could us locate them.
Once I knew a guy who gave his wife
two skunks for a valentine.
He couldn't comprehend why she used to be crying.
"I concept they'd such attractive eyes."
And he was once severe. He used to be a major man
who lived in a significant method. not anything used to be ugly
just as the global stated so. He really
liked these skunks. So, he re-invented them
as valentines they usually turned beautiful.
At least, to him. And the poems that were hiding
in the eyes of skunks for centuries
crawled out and curled up at his feet.
Maybe if we re-invent no matter what our lives provide us
we locate poems. cost your storage, the ordinary sock
in your drawer, the individual you nearly like, yet no longer quite.
And enable me understand.

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22 an ornament for jewels Prosody and the Lines on the Page As is obvious from the above example, though I try to hold in general to word order, and even in many cases, to the ‘‘left-branching’’ syntax of Sanskrit and Tamil poetry, I do not attempt to translate into English some version of the meter, rhyme pattern, or line length of the original. I have attempted to match, throughout these translations, the varying complex and densely configured semantic, syntactic, metric rhythms of the originals in the visual placement of words on the page, to mime the breath-lines—slow and loping, or swift, and clean—of Tamil, Sanskrit, or Prakrit meters by placement on the page.

__ First a Jain, Sundarapantiya is said to have been converted to Saivism by __ the Nayanar child saint-poet Campantar. 20 Later, in the eighth century, the Vaisnava _ _ __ king Nandivarman II Pallavamalla carried out systematic persecutions of Buddhists and Jains, inspired in great measure by the fervor of the bhakti revival. 22 The saints in both communities hailed from all social strata, from brahman to untouchable. 25 ¯ lva¯rs’ First A ¯ ca¯ryas and Vexkatesa’s Cosmopolitan Age The A  _ ¯ There began in the period of the Alvars what would become throughout Co¯la   times a more and more intimate alliance between brahmans, their ritually dependent kings, and high-caste, nonbrahman peasants.

Between free translation and outright adaptation? [Answer:] Very often readability. Strict translation usually makes for stiff English, or forced and un-english rhythms. Outright adaptation is perfectly valid if it makes a good, modern poem. Occasionally, an adaptation will translate the spirit of the original to better use than any other method: at other times, it will falsify the original beyond measure. ’’39 These are echoes, verbal reverberations, of the originals, and so are derivative, secondary, loyal to their models in various ways that sometimes stretch the norms of English syntax, but also they seek to be poems in English that stand on the page as poetry in their own right.

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