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The Selected Poems of Nikki Giovanniby Nikki Giovanni
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When Nikki Giovanni's poems first emerged from the Black Rights Movement in the late 1960s, she immediately took a place among the most celebrated and controversial poets of the era. Finally, here is the first compilation of Nikki Giovanni's poetry. It is the testimony of a life's work from one of the commanding voices to grace America's political and poetic landscape at the end of the twentieth century.
From the revolutionary "The Great Pax Whitie" and "Poem for Aretha" to the sublime "Ego Tripping" and the tender "My House," these 150 mind-speaking, truth-telling poems are at once powerful yet sensual, angry yet affirming. Arranged chronologically, they reflect the changes Giovanni has endured as a Black woman, lover, mother, teacher, and poet. Here is the evocation of a nation's past and present — intensely personal and fiercely political — from one of our most compassionate, outspoken observers.
Book News Annotation:
The jacket copy has it all wrong: "controversial," "political," "revolutionary," "angry." But Giovanni has always been first and foremost a lover, and this is a collection of her love--forthright, vulnerable--in the affirmative musical language of her Black womanhood.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Nikki Giovanni is the author of Racism 101 and more than fourteen volumes of poetry, including Black Feeling Black Talk/Black Judgement, Cotton Candy On A Rainy Day, My House, The Selected Poems of Nikki Giovanni, and, most recently, Love Poems. A professor of English at Virginia Tech, Ms. Giovanni reads her work all over the country.
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