Love Poems

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In a career that has spanned more than a quarter century, Nikki Giovanni has earned the reputation as one of America's most celebrated and contoversial writers.Now, she presents a stunning collection of love poems that includes more than twenty new works.

From the revolutionary "Seduction" to the tender new poem, "Just a Simple Declaration of Love," from the whimsical "I Wrote a Good Omelet" to the elegiac "All Eyez on U," written for Tupac Shakur, these poems embody the ...

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Overview

In a career that has spanned more than a quarter century, Nikki Giovanni has earned the reputation as one of America's most celebrated and contoversial writers.Now, she presents a stunning collection of love poems that includes more than twenty new works.

From the revolutionary "Seduction" to the tender new poem, "Just a Simple Declaration of Love," from the whimsical "I Wrote a Good Omelet" to the elegiac "All Eyez on U," written for Tupac Shakur, these poems embody the fearless passion and spirited wit for which Nikki Giovanni is beloved and revered.

Romantic, bold, and erotic, Love Poems expresses notions of love in ways that are delightfully unexpected. Articulating in sensuous verse what we know only instinctively, Nikki Giovanni once again confirms her place as one of our nations's most distinguished poets and powerful truth-tellers.

In a career that has spanned more than a quarter century, starting with her explosive early years in the Black Rights Movement, Nikki Giovanni has earned a reputation as one of America's most celebrated and controversial writers. Her mind-speaking work has made her a universal favorite and a number-one best-seller.The love poems-the revolutionary "Seduction," the whimsical "I Wrote a Good Omelet," and the tender "My House" to name just a few-are among the most beloved of all Nikki Giovanni's works. Now, Love Poems brings together these and other favorites with over twenty new poems. Romantic, bold, and erotic, Love Poems will once again confirm Nikki Giovanni's place among the country's most renowned poets and truth tellers.

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The bold, romantic, and sometimes erotic poems found here include "Seduction," "I Wrote a Good Omelet," and "My House."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688149895
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/1997
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 332,798
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.49 (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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Love Poems

What It Is

if it's a trail we can hike it
if it has two wheels we can bike it

if it's an allergy we can sneeze it
if it's a pimple we can squeeze it

if it's dew it "covers Dixie"
if it's Tinker Bell it's a pixie

if it's a breeze it can blow us
if it's the sun it can know us

if it's a song we can sing it
if it flies we can wing it

if it's soda pop then it's drinkable
it might be X-Rated but that's unthinkable

if it's a boat we can sail it
if it's a letter we can mail it

if it's a star we can let it shine
if it's the moon it can make you mine

if it's grass we can rake it
if it's free why not take it

if it's a tide it can ebb
if it's a spider it can web

if it's chocolate we can dip it
if it's a golf ball we can chip it

if it's gum we can chew it
I hope it's love so we can do it

Love Poems
. Copyright © by Nikki Giovanni. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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Table of Contents

What It Is 13
That Day 15
The Way I Feel 17
Kidnap Poem 19
Giddiyap 20
I Wrote a Good Omelet 22
A Summer Love Poem 23
Communication 24
Love Is 25
I Do Have My Likes and Dislikes 26
Seduction 27
Things That Go Together 28
And I Have You 29
A Poem of Friendship 30
My House 31
Just a Simple Declaration of Love 33
Beautiful Black Men 34
You Were Gone 36
Cancers 37
The Only True Lovers Are Chefs or Happy Birthday, Edna Lewis 39
A Greater Love of God and Country 44
For Tommy 46
Mothers 47
A Poem for langston hughes 49
When Gamble and Huff Ruled 50
You Are There 53
And Yeah ... This Is A Love Poem 55
Swaziland 59
For Theresa 60
All Eyez On U 62
A Theory of Pole Beans 67
No Furnaces For Valentine's Day 69
August 70
Poetry Is a Trestle 71
1995 73
A Happy Reason 74
Balances 75
Love In Place 76
Three/Quarters Time 77
Resignation 78
Poem 81
Luxury 82
When I Nap 83
The Butterfly 84
I Want To Sing 85
Rain 86
How Do You Write a Poem? 87
Just a New York Poem 89
Telephone Poem 91
You Came, Too 92
Her Flying Trapeze 93
I Take Master Card 94
In All Seasons 96
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2001

    love

    i have feelings for this guy i see does he love me too?What does he think of me?i wish i could tell him he makes me whole but im afraid to say whats deep in my soul. I dont want to lose him for then i'd be alone an some days i just car'nt wait to hear his vioce on the phone.He does certin things to make me feel loved. Some days he wants to be alone an my hart is shoved. I want to feel as if im his safeguard the one he can come to when things get hard.I will always be there to help him along an befor we meet i wasnt as strong. I wish i could tell him what i feel inside.But im afraid of what he'll say how he'll act on the outside.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2014

    My poem

    You say that I'm a friend
    But I want more

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2013

    A book for anyone who loves.

    A book for anyone who loves.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2006

    Original

    This book was wonderfully original. I have never read poems like these before but I hope to read many more very soon. The poems made me smile and I would recommend it to just about anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2001

    This ish rocks

    My wife and I love this book, and our newborn son appreciates too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2001

    Perfect collection for the heart

    These poems speak to the heart of anyone, male or female, who has ever experienced love, especially 'Love Is' and 'How do you write a poem.' This is a great collection for anyone longing to read about good, old-fashioned love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2001

    Nikki Giovanni: She's Done It Again

    Nikki Giovanni is one of if not the nation's most widely known African-American female poet. Nikki is notarious for sparking intellectual thought and causing emotional flooding. In her book, Love Poems, she has done it again. She has managed to harnass the use of the English language in a way that has enabled her to enjoy her ride as successful writer for three centuries. Two poems in the book that I would strongly recommend would be, '...And Yeah...This Is a Love Poem' and 'I Take MasterCard'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2000

    A New Look at Love Poems

    The poems were not typical love poems. The poems were about a love for a variety of things, like nature.

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