Poetry has a long tradition, particularly in Latin America and the Middle East, of inciting people to action – sometimes urging them to rise against oppression and other times encouraging them to harbor hope. Naomi Shihab Nye’s prose poem, “Gate A-4”, is one in the latter category, one that urges readers not to succumb to the feeling that all is lost in these tumultuous, often divisive times. The poem is available online in both text (although without the line breaks preserved) and video (read by Nye) versions.
The MW Library has a diverse, multicultural poetry collection that includes both classic and contemporary works. Search the catalog or browse the shelves – you’ll find literature on the back wall of the library – 808.81, 811, 821, and 861 are just some of the addresses in the MW Library where poetry resides.