Naomi Shihab Nye reads two poems from IN PERSON: 30 POETS filmed by Pamela Robertson-Pearce: 'So Much Happiness' and 'Kindness'. Pamela Robertson-Pearce has been filming poets reading their work for Bloodaxe's archive and DVD-books. We will be posting further films of individual poets. We are also showing a 45-minute film (featuring 20 poets from the IN PERSON archive reading their work) at various independent cinemas, arts festivals and other venues around Britain and Ireland this year. These two poems by Naomi Shihab Nye are from TENDER SPOT: SELECTED POEMS (Bloodaxe Books, 2008), reprinted from her American edition WORDS UNDER THE WORDS: SELECTED POEMS (Far Corner Books, 1994). We filmed Naomi Shihab Nye during her visit to Aldeburgh Poetry Festival in 2006. She is an Arab-American poet who grew up in Missouri, Jerusalem and Texas, and her poetry draws on the cultural diversity of the many places where she has lived or travelled.

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