"Nye demonstrates poetry’s ability to vividly portray the lives behind the headlines."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
Internationally beloved poet Naomi Shihab Nye places her Palestinian American identity center stage in her latest full-length poetry collection for adults. The collection is inspired by the story of Janna Jihad Ayyad, the “Youngest Journalist in Palestine,” who at age 7 began capturing videos of anti-occupation protests using her mother’s smartphone. Nye draws upon her own family’s roots in a West Bank village near Janna’s hometown to offer empathy and insight to the young girl’s reporting. Long an advocate for peaceful communication across all boundaries, Nye’s poems in The Tiny Journalist put a human face on war and the violence that divides us from each other.
The tiny journalist notices
each movement on the far away roads.
Little puffs of dust
find her first.
They pretended not to see us.
They came at night with weapons.
She stares through a hole in the fence,
barricade of words and wire.
She feels the rising fire
before anyone strikes a match.
She has a better idea.
© BOA Editions, Ltd. 2019