Everything Comes Next: Collected & New Poems – Naomi Shihab Nye

   Everything Comes Next: Collected & New Poems – Naomi Shihab Nye, Rafael Lopez, Greenwillow Books, 9780063013452, 2020

Format: Hardcover

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

 Genre: Poetry Collection

 What did you like about the book? With the springing forward of daylight savings a collection of poetry to read is a breath of fresh air. This book is a beautiful collection of different poems that are broken into different categories. My favorite categories are the collection that can be found in the childhood section. In particular the poem that spoke to me the most was the one titled “Supple Cord”.  A beautiful poem about the relationship between two siblings. How, as they are young, they are always attached to each other. The symbolism being used in this cord that they use to silently communicate to each other in the darkness of their room. However, whenever one of the siblings falls asleep there is no longer someone at the opposite end of the cord holding on.  Poetry is often something that needs to be read and read again in order to truly understand the point of the author. The poems in this book utilize the various different writing techniques for poems which is a great way to make sure that readers do not get bored with the collection of work. There are only about 4 actual illustrations. They break up the different sections of the collection. They are all black and charcoal arts of flowers and women and birds.  All for me a symbolism of the freeing experience in the poems in the book.

Anything you did not like about the book? No

 To whom would you recommend this book? This is for the budding poet who falls anywhere between the ages of 10 – 17 and even beyond 17.

Who should buy this book? Middle Schools and high schools 

Where would you shelve it?  811.54

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No 

 Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Rose Metayer, Boston Latin School, Boston MA

Date of review: 3/30/2021

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