Friday, May 01, 2009

A Found Poem by Naomi Shihab Nye (VIDEO)

Here’s a video of Naomi Shihab Nye reciting a poem she composed using things that her young son had said. She says she didn’t make any of it up herself.

Poetry Everywhere: One Boy Told Me by Naomi Shihab Nye

At Wild Rose Reader, I have an post about letter poems that includes two of my original poems, recommendations of two children’s poetry books with letter poems, and suggestions for writing letter poems in the classroom.

Maya has the Poetry Friday Roundup at Allegro.


Tricia said...

I still hear many absurd statements just like these. Now, however, they take the form of the unanswerable question. Is this just boys? I certainly hope not!

Thanks so much for sharing this.

tanita davis said...

Oh, it's so lovely to hear Naomi Shihab Nye read aloud. Thank you!

jama said...

I love this! Thanks so much for posting it. I wish my toes were still dictionaries . . . :)

Elaine Magliaro said...

I love Naomi Shihab Nye! I had never read "One Boy Told." I'm so glad I came across the video last night.

Tanita, it was lovely to hear her reading her poem--especially such a humorous one.


It isn't just boys. I remember one of my young students sitting with a quizzical look on her face as she sat drawing a picture. A little later she came up to me and asked: "Do frogs have lips?" That's just one of many funny things I hear kids ask or say over the years. I wish I had written them all down.


Maybe your toes still are--you've just forgotten how to use them in that way.

Andromeda Jazmon said...

I love this too. She is such a great poet - and it sounds like her son got some of those genes. I try to write down what my boys say too - it's priceless.

Elaine Magliaro said...


Nye is definitely one of my favorite poets.

Have you ever read any of Hilda Conkling's poems that were published when she was a child? (I believe she had two books of poetry published.) Her mother used to write down the things she said too. The interesting thing is that she never became an adult poet.