Words Under the Words by Naomi Shihab Nye
When I got into poetry, this was one of the first books I bought. Naomi’s poetry is profound and at the same time quotidian. This is the kind of poetry I love. It was easy to connect to, easy to study and, well, not always easy to emulate. In my poetry classes, I had students memorize a poem. This was one of my favorites to memorize: Famous.