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Nikki Giovanni's poetry has spurred movements and inspired songs, turned hearts and informed generations. She's been hailed as a healer and as a national treasure. But Giovanni's heart resides in the everyday, where family and lovers gather, friends commune, and those no longer with us are remembered. And at every gathering there is food—food as sustenance, food as aphrodisiac, food as memory. A pot of beans is flavored with her mother's sighs—this sigh part cardamom, that one the essence of clove; a lover ...

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Nikki Giovanni's poetry has spurred movements and inspired songs, turned hearts and informed generations. She's been hailed as a healer and as a national treasure. But Giovanni's heart resides in the everyday, where family and lovers gather, friends commune, and those no longer with us are remembered. And at every gathering there is food—food as sustenance, food as aphrodisiac, food as memory. A pot of beans is flavored with her mother's sighs—this sigh part cardamom, that one the essence of clove; a lover requests a banquet as an affirmation of ongoing passion; homage is paid to the most time-honored appetizer: soup.

With Chasing Utopia, Giovanni demands that the prosaic—flowers, birdsong, win-ter—be seen as poetic, and reaffirms once again why she is as energetic, "remarkable" (Gwendolyn Brooks), "wonderful" (Marian Wright Edelman),"outspoken, prolific, energetic" (New York Times), and relevant as ever.

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Nikki Giovanni's first poetry collection since 2010 is entitled Chasing Utopia, but make no mistake: This is no meek gathering of pining regret. Instead, this beloved author has gifted us with verse reflections on family, shared joys, and the memories that keep us alive. A typically unpretentious treasure.

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“Giovanni has long been a force for literary exuberance and social responsibility. In her latest accessible, teasing, and poignant collection, she offers straightforward, plain-speaking, sneakily resonant poems . . . she celebrates the opportunity to ‘be a truth giver / contribute / something beautiful and useful to the world.’”
San Francisco Book Review
“This slim volume delights on every page. There are stories, imaginings, whimsy, and startling images which prove the poet’s power and her command of language . . . Anyone with a love of language will be delighted with this book and the continuing publication of America’s treasured poet.”
Library Journal
11/01/2013
Giovanni is a titan, and deservedly so. In her first book of poems in four years, she focuses on food. One poem pays homage to soup. (LJ 10/15/13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688156978
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/29/2013
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 281,614
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Nikki Giovanni

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    Nikki embraces the meaning of life in her eloquent and descripti

    Nikki embraces the meaning of life in her eloquent and descriptive words of food, drinks, and flowers.  
    She makes it easy for the reader to cherish every moment on earth by celebrating the senses with flavors and aromas that involves family.  
    This zest for life continues and includes the appeal of familiar places and tastes.  
    Furthermore, Nikki makes you proud to be an Artist, Writer, and Poet. 
    Also, Nikki pays homage to the people’s and her own favorite Artists and Authors such as Nina Simone, Toni Morrison, and Langston Hughes.  
    Basically, it is a good idea to own this book, so you can have a constant reminder of what is really important in this life.  
    More importantly, it is a great way to incorporate reading for the food enthusiasts. 
    Now, just thinking about it, I am so hungry for more. Author Tomeka Rocquelle Davis

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    Posted November 29, 2013

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