Margin Notes



Everything Comes Next by Naomi Shihab Nye is a collection of poems that transcends age barriers and speaks to the heart of humanity. The combination of new, previously unpublished poems and timeless favorites, come together to showcase Nye’s poetic genius.

The collection begins with an beautiful introduction by renowned poet Edward Hirsch, setting the stage for the reader’s journey into Nye’s world. Divided into three sections, the poems navigate themes of childhood, identity, and the interconnectedness of humanity. Nye’s writing style is conversational yet profound, inviting readers to contemplate the beauty found in everyday life.

A notable aspect of the collection of poems is its accessibility and versatility – there’s something for everyone within these pages. Nye’s writing tips provide valuable insights for aspiring poets, making this book a valuable resource for both readers and writers. The inclusion of artwork by Rafael López enhances the reader’s experience with striking visual imagery.

While some poems will leave you laughing, others delve into more somber topics, such as the ongoing conflict in the Middle East. Nye’s ability to navigate these complex themes with sensitivity and empathy is a testament to her skill as a poet.

Altogether, Everything Comes Next is a testament to the power of words to reveal the human experience. Whether you’re seeking inspiration, solace, or simply a moment of reflection, this book delivers on all fronts. A perfect addition to any classroom library.

Here is a poem from Everything Comes Next that encapsulates the essence of Nye’s poetry:


Always Bring a Pencil

There will not be a test.

It does not have to be

 a Number 2 pencil.

But there will be certain things-

the quiet flush of waves,

ripe scent of fish,

smooth ripple of the wind’s second name-

that prefer to be written about

in pencil.

It gives them more room

to move around.

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