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Publisher's Summary

"Nye at her engaging, insightful best.” (Kirkus Reviews starred review)

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 80 original and never-before-published poems.

A deeply moving, sometimes funny, and always provocative poetry collection for all ages.

“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 80 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 listeners ages 12 to adult.

Includes ideas for writing, recycling, and reclaiming, and an index.

©2020 Naomi Shihab Nye (P)2020 HarperAudio

Critic Reviews

"Nye's appealing and engaging narration style makes her clever and insightful poems sound like musings at the kitchen table - and calls to action. As Nye examines the things we throw away, meditates on 'trash talk,' and considers the experiences of refugees, her poems are sure to get listeners of all ages thinking. It's an inspiring collection that rewards repeat listening, and a wonderful tool for the classroom." (AudioFile Magazine)

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