A Poetic Equation: Conversations Between Nikki Giovanni and Margaret Walker

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First published in 1974. A Poetic Equation: Conversations Between Nikki Giovanni and Margaret Walker is a lively, impassioned, and intense meeting of two literary giants. It is also a caning and yet uninhibited dialogue between two women a generation apart, a mother-daughter confrontation in a spirit of love and respect.

The topics range from Vietnam, the racial struggle, the sexes, violence, and literature. Each exchange mirrors the generational and regioual temperaments, ...

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Overview

First published in 1974. A Poetic Equation: Conversations Between Nikki Giovanni and Margaret Walker is a lively, impassioned, and intense meeting of two literary giants. It is also a caning and yet uninhibited dialogue between two women a generation apart, a mother-daughter confrontation in a spirit of love and respect.

The topics range from Vietnam, the racial struggle, the sexes, violence, and literature. Each exchange mirrors the generational and regioual temperaments, backgrounds, and philosophies of both women: for Giovanni, the cauldron of the sixties; for Walker, the Depression and World War II of the thirties and fortics. In this edition of the book a postscript by Nikki Giovanni projects the dialogue into the eighties and beyond.

Margeret Walker is the author of For My People, a Volume of Verse, which won the Yale Award for Younger Poets in 1942. She is also the recipient of a Houghton-Mifflin Literary Fellowship for her novel, Jubilee, published in 1966. She recently retired as professor of English at Jackson State University where she taught for thirty years. Her biography of Richard Wright is near completion.

Nikki Giovanni was nominated for the National Book Award in 1973 for Gemini. In the same year she won the Youth Leadership Award, a poll, sponsored by the Ladies Home Journal. She also received the Outstanding Achievement Award from Mademoiselle magazine. Currently, in addition to lecturing. Ms. Giovanni writes a column for the black news monthly, Encore. Among her volumes of poetry are The Women and the Men (1975), Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day (1978), and Vacation Time (1979), a volume of children's poetry.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882580883
  • Publisher: Howard University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1983
  • Edition description: Rev. paperback ed
  • Pages: 148
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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Nikki Giovanni
Nikki Giovanni

Poet, activist, mother, and professor, Nikki Giovanni is a three-time NAACP Image Award winner and the first recipient of the Rosa Parks Woman of Courage Award, and holds the Langston Hughes Medal for Outstanding Poetry. The author of twenty-seven books and a Grammy nominee for The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection, she is the University Distinguished Professor/English at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, and an Oprah Living Legend.

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Table of Contents

Preface xi
I. Two Views: One Destiny 1
II. Violence and the Decision to Respond 7
III. Content and Intent: Some Thoughts on Writing, Criticism and Film 41
IV. Notebook 83
V. The Last War 103
VI. In Conclusion 117
VII. Postscript 137
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