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Acolytes
     

Acolytes

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by Nikki Giovanni
 

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A collection of eighty all new poems, Acolytes is distinctly Nikki Giovanni, but different. Not softened, but more inspired by love, celebration, memories and even nostalgia. She aims her intimate and sparing words at family and friends, the deaths of heroes and friends, favorite meals and candy, nature, libraries, and theatre. But in between, the deep and

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A collection of eighty all new poems, Acolytes is distinctly Nikki Giovanni, but different. Not softened, but more inspired by love, celebration, memories and even nostalgia. She aims her intimate and sparing words at family and friends, the deaths of heroes and friends, favorite meals and candy, nature, libraries, and theatre. But in between, the deep and edgy conscience that has defined her for decades shines through when she writes about Rosa Parks, hurricane Katrina, and Emmett Till's disappearance, leaving no doubt that Nikki has not traded one approach for another, but simply made room for both.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061734137
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/08/2008
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
144
File size:
429 KB

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Acolytes

How You Gonna Save 'Em? 1st Stanza

It's hard to save 'em
If they won't learn how to pray
Give 'em the blues
And make 'em weep all day

We Gather

An invocation for the underground railroad

We are gathered to fulfill a covenant . . . a vow made in cadence to the tramping feet carrying the weary . . . scarred . . . branded bodies harvested for the unspeakably vicious trade in slave labor

We are gathered because a sacred vow was made as these people . . . chained head to toe head to toe head to toe . . . with no room to turn . . . no privacy of body or soul . . . bereft of the comfort their Gods and languages could bring . . . allowed a curiosity . . . a wonder . . . a sense of newness . . . to give them the courage . . . to survive . . . to thrive . . . to find a new world

We are gathered in awe of the people who stood on the auction block . . . bent under the master or the lash . . . clearing land they could not claim . . . growing crops they could not share . . . birthing children they could only love in mem-ory . . . being shamed by powerlessness

We recognize it was never their shame

We gather in celebration of those who utilized the Underground Railroad . . . those who rode it and those who helped others get onboard

We flow bitter tears for those whose freedom was found at the end of a rope

We come to this moment having achieved neither restoration nor reparation but we come . . . we gather together with friends of freedom to commemorate the courageous men and women who have sacrificed their all for the uplifting of humankind . . . wefindin this moment the same moon reflecting the same brilliant sun . . . the same stars dancing among the same night skies

We gather because three hundred and eighty- four years ago the "Cargo" that stepped off a Dutch Man-of-War . . . being exchanged for food and water . . . recognizing this was not a good situation which would get better anytime soon . . . still decided to live . . . and fight their battle with a glorious song . . . raised to a new God . . . in a strange land

We gather because it is the right thing to do . . . and it is to that . . . that we say . . . Amen

Acolytes. Copyright ? by Nikki Giovanni. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Nikki Giovanni, poet, activist, mother, and professor, is a seven-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, among many other honors. The author of twenty-eight books and a Grammy nominee for The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection, she is the University Distinguished Professor of English at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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Acolytes 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Simone24 More than 1 year ago
I like everything from Nikki Giovanni! If you lile poetry and prose you will be amazed by her.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Ms. Giovanni's work! She is a wonderful speaker and has a stunning way with words. However, this particular edition on the nook appears to be missing pages/parts of poems. That is the reason I gave THIS EDITION 1 star.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago