One of my unofficial reading goals for 2020 is to get back into reading more poetry, and that, plus a beautiful cover, lured me into reading Cast Away: Poems for Our Time by Naomi Shihab Nye, a collection about trash and politics. I have rarely read poetry intended for a younger audience, and while I thought the themes and messages behind the book were strong, I really didn’t care much about the individual poems. I could see what Nye was trying to capture in the beauty of the discarded, but unfortunately she never quite captured my heart or imagination. The poems often felt emotionless and straightforward when I was hoping for lyrical beauty. Overall, Cast Away is a clear and concise collection, one that could be used as a starting point for a discussion of important issues such as what happens to our waste and how we treat the planet, but unfortunately it just wasn’t poetry I connected to.