Selected Poems of Nikki Giovanni

ISBN-10: 0688140475

ISBN-13: 9780688140472

Edition: N/A

Authors: Nikki Giovanni

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When Nikki Giovanni's poems first emerged from the Black Rights Movement in the late 1960s, she immediately took a place among the most celebrated and controversial poets of the era. Finally, here is the first compilation of Nikki Giovanni's poetry. It is the testimony of a life's work from one of the commanding voices to grace America's political and poetic landscape at the end of the twentieth century. From the revolutionary "The Great Pax Whitie" and "Poem for Aretha" to the sublime "Ego Tripping" and the tender "My House," these 150 mind-speaking, truth-telling poems are at once powerful yet sensual, angry yet affirming. Arranged chronologically, they reflect the changes Giovanni has endured as a Black woman, lover, mother, teacher, and poet. Here is the evocation of a nation's past and present -- intensely personal and fiercely political -- from one of our most compassionate, outspoken observers.
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Book details

List price: $25.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 1/11/1996
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Nikki Giovanni is one of the most prominent black poets of her generation. Born on June 7, 1943, in Knoxville, Tenn., she graduated from Fisk University and later studied at Columbia University. Giovanni creates strongly written poems to convey messages of love, frustration, alienation, and the black experience. She gained national fame with the publication of Black Feeling, Black Talk, Black Judgement in 1970. Full of the spirit of the black community during this era, her works captured the anger and frustration of many of its members. Giovanni has been the recipient of grants from both the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ford Foundation. She has taught English at Rutgers University, Ohio State University, and Queens College and has given frequent poetry readings. She is also known for several sound recordings of her poetry, including Truth Is On Its Way. She has also been a Professor of English at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Foreword
Chronology
Stardate Number 18628.190
Detroit Conference of Unity and Art
On Hearing "The Girl with the Flaxen Hair"
You Came, Too
Poem (For BMC No. 1)
Poem (For BMC No. 2)
Poem (For PCH)
Poem (No Name No. 1)
Poem (For BMC No. 3)
Black Separatism
Poem (No Name No. 2)
Poem (No Name No. 3)
I'm Not Lonely
For an Intellectual Audience
Black Power
Seduction
Word Poem
Poem for Black Boys
The Funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Nikki-Rosa
The Great Pax Whitie
Intellectualism
Universality
Knoxville, Tennessee
Adulthood
Dreams
Revolutionary Music
Beautiful Black Men
Woman Poem
For Saundra
Balances
For Theresa
My Poem
For Tommy
No Reservations
Alone
For Two Jameses
Autumn Poems
Rain
Housecleaning
Poem For Aretha
Revolutionary Dreams
Walking Down Park
Kidnap Poem
The Geni In The Jar
All I Gotta Do
Master Charge Blues
For A Lady Of Pleasure Now Retired
Alabama Poem
Ego Tripping
Poem For Flora
Sometimes
Poem For A Lady Whose Voice I Like
How Do You Write A Poem?
And Sometimes I Sit
I Want To Sing
Ever Want To Crawl
Poem of Angela Yvonne Davis
Legacies
Mothers
Winter Poem
Conversation
Rituals
The World Is Not A Pleasant Place To Be
The Butterfly
I Remember
A Certain Peace
When I Nap
Just a New York Poem
[Untitled]
The Wonder Woman
Categories
Scrapbooks
When I Die
[Untitled] (For Margaret Danner)
My Tower
Poem (For Nina)
Africa I
Africa II
They Clapped
Poem (For Anna Hedgeman and Alfreda Duster)
Atrocities
We
My House
The Women Gather
Once A Lady Told Me
Each Sunday
The December Of My Springs
The Life I Led
The Way I Feel
Communication
Luxury
Poem
Hampton, Virginia
Poetry Is a Trestle
Something To Be Said For Silence
Africa
Swaziland
A Very Simple Wish
Night
Poetry
Cotton Candy On A Rainy Day
Introspection
Forced Retirement
The New Yorkers
Crutches
Boxes
Poem
A Poem Off Center
Age
Life Cycles
Adulthood II
Habits
Gus
Choices
Photography
The Beep Beep Poem
Woman
Poem (for EMA)
The Rose Bush
Patience
Make Up
Winter
You Are There
Turning (I need a better title)
A Poem of Friendship
Being and Nothingness
The Moon Shines Down
That Day
Charting the Night Winds
Lorraine Hansberry
Hands: For Mother's Day
This Is Not for John Lennon
Mirrors
Linkage
Charles White
The Drum
A Poem on the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy
Eagles
Her Cruising Car
Harvest
Sky Diving
A Journey
Resignation
I Wrote a Good Omelet
Three/Quarters Time
Cancers
I Am She
You Were Gone
A Poem for langston hughes
But Since You Finally Asked
Title Index
First Line Index
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