Cast Away: Poems for Our Time

Cast Away: Poems for Our Time Book Summary

Acclaimed poet and Young People’s Poet Laureate Naomi Shihab Nye shines a spotlight on the things we cast away, from plastic water bottles to those less fortunate, in this collection of more than eighty original and never-before-published poems. A deeply moving, sometimes funny, and always provocative poetry collection for all ages.

“Nye at her engaging, insightful best.”—Kirkus (starred review)

“How much have you thrown away in your lifetime already? Do you ever think about it? Where does this plethora of leavings come from? How long does it take you, even one little you, to fill the can by your desk?”—Naomi Shihab Nye

National Book Award Finalist, Young People’s Poet Laureate, and devoted trash-picker-upper Naomi Shihab Nye explores these questions and more in this original collection of poetry that features more than eighty new poems. “I couldn’t save the world, but I could pick up trash,” she says in her introduction to this stunning volume.

With poems about food wrappers, lost mittens, plastic straws, refugee children, trashy talk, the environment, connection, community, responsibility to the planet, politics, immigration, time, junk mail, trash collectors, garbage trucks, all that we carry and all that we discard, this is a rich, engaging, moving, and sometimes humorous collection for readers ages twelve to adult.

Features an index.

Title:Cast Away: Poems for Our Time



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    Cast Away: Poems for Our Time Reviews

  • Lynn

    Fantastic Poem Book for All AgesI just loved these poems and would love to share them with many people and students. As a teacher Id love to share these with my students and with my fellow teachers an...

  • Dai Guerra

    While I thought these poems were written more for adults than young people I still found them interesting. I like how she wrote a whole book about trash and different types of trash. I thought it was ...

  • Edward Sullivan

    Nye explores our world of trash in engaging, sometimes funny, sometimes poingnsant poems about food wrappers, lost mittens, plastic straws, refugee children, trashy talk, the environment, connection, ...

  • Meliss

    This was very disappointing. And I had high hopes too. I'm not sure who the intended audience is, because it doesn't sounds MG or YA and agressively political as well....

  • Tasha

    By the Young Peoples Poet Laureate, this collection of poems shines a fierce light on the garbage and litter we create and toss away. The poems tie litter to larger environmental concerns as well as A...

  • Zo Danielle

    One of my unofficial reading goals for 2020 is to get back into reading more poetry, and that, plus a beautiful cover, lured me into reading Cast Away: Poems for Our Time by Naomi Shihab Nye, a collec...

  • Rachel

    NSN is one of my favorite poets, both modern day and overall. Cast Away is a wonderful collection focused around the theme of trash. She manages to speak to almost all aspects of life while using this...

  • Lynn

    I admired this collection but I didn't revel in the poems as I usually do with Nye's work. Spare and beautifully crafted as always, there is an urgency and purpose to her exploration of trash and deal...

  • Lucsbooks

    I liked the theme of the book and of the poems and the general feelings written about but sadly the poems themselves were not my type.My favorite thing about this book was in how much different ways t...

  • Carrie

    At first, I thought this book was just about trash--the bits and pieces of residue we find thrown on streets. But I quickly realized that this book is about things that are discarded and our attitudes...