“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

Naomi Shihab Nye reads her poem “Two Countries”

Naomi Shihab Nye reads a poem during a 2010 visit to Gonzaga University.
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July 28th, 2016

Because by now we know everything is not so green elsewhere. The cities tied their nooses around our necks, we…

Naomi Shihab Nye reads a poem during a 2010 visit to Gonzaga University.
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January 26th, 2015

Naomi Shihab Nye reads her poem “Refugee Not Always”

Naomi Shihab Nye reads a poem during a 2010 visit to Gonzaga University.
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January 26th, 2015

Naomi Shihab Nye reads her poem “Member of the Tribe”

Naomi Shihab Nye reads a poem during a 2010 visit to Gonzaga University.
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January 26th, 2015

Naomi Shihab Nye reads her poem “Kindness”

Naomi Shihab Nye reads a poem during a 2010 visit to Gonzaga University.
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January 26th, 2015

Naomi Shihab Nye reads her poem “Endure”