Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection

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In a career that has spanned over three decades, Nikki Giovanni has perceptively recorded her observations of both the outside world and the gentle yet enigmatic territory of the self. When her poems first emerged from the Civil Rights and Black Arts Movements of the 1960s, she immediately became a celebrated and controversial literary figure. One of the most commanding voices to grace America's political and poetic landscape, Nikki Giovanni's poems embody the fearless passion ...

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Overview

In a career that has spanned over three decades, Nikki Giovanni has perceptively recorded her observations of both the outside world and the gentle yet enigmatic territory of the self. When her poems first emerged from the Civil Rights and Black Arts Movements of the 1960s, she immediately became a celebrated and controversial literary figure. One of the most commanding voices to grace America's political and poetic landscape, Nikki Giovanni's poems embody the fearless passion and spirited wit for which she is beloved and revered.

From the sublime "Ego Tripping" to the tender "My House," Nikki Giovanni's mind-speaking, truth-telling poems compassionately evoke our nation's past, present, and future.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Giovanni's readily accessible, politically charged poems would not seem to need commentary, yet her precise, illuminating, and sometimes witty introductions make this tape a treat. She details the inspiration as well as the process, often repeating what is said in the poems themselves but more often elaborating (most fascinating in her tribute to Rosa Parks or the Million Man March). On the page, much of Giovanni's writing seems rhetorical; hearing her read, dogma is replaced by passion. Her rhythmic voice can be heard in the comments, giving new shape to the poetry's structure. She also travels back to the tradition familiar from the works of Gwendolyn Brooks and Langston Hughes, presenting some very simple (but not simplistic) rhymes, almost as an intermission. This well-edited selection takes care to include poems that reach out to all listeners, not only those who identify with the African American experience. Highly recommended.-Rochelle Ratner, formerly with "Soho Weekly News," New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060514297
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/5/2002
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged Edition
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 4.94 (h) x 0.57 (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.

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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