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The Nikki Giovanni poetry collection
Giovanni, Nikki.
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Publication Information:
New York : Caedmon, 2002.
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2 audio discs (approximately 1 hr. 51 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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Unabridged poems.

"Features commentary by Nikki Giovanni throughout."

Compact disc.
CD. 1. Introduction -- Quilting the black-eyed pea -- Commentary -- In the spirit of Martin -- Rosa Parks Commentary -- Ego tripping -- Symphony of the sphinx -- Shoulders are for emergencies only -- A robin's nest in snow -- What we miss -- Commentary -- Stardate #18628.190 -- The life I led -- Commentary -- Sound in space -- Train rides -- Hands: for Mother's Day -- CD. 2. The wrong kitchen -- And how could I love on -- Commentary -- Just jazz -- Sky diving -- My house -- Commentary -- You were gone -- What it is -- Kidnap poem -- That day -- Seduction -- I wrote a good omelet -- Three/quarters time -- Telephone poem -- Nikki-Rosa -- The only true lovers are chefs or Happy birthday, Edna Lewis -- Commentary -- Winter -- Winter poem -- A poem for Langston Hughes -- Cotton candy on a rainy day -- And yeah...this is a love poem -- Commentary -- All eyez on u (for 2Pac Shakur) -- Commentary -- A poem on the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy -- Commentary -- When Gamble and Huff ruled -- Commentary -- Mirrors -- The song of the feet -- Harper tag.
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Audiobook on CD


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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 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.

Read by Nikki Giovanni.


Celebrated African-American poet Nikki Giovanni presents a collection of her greatest work. Inspired by the Civil Rights movement, Giovanni has led a distinguished writing career, including a 2004 Grammy nomination.

Author Notes

Nikki Giovanni is one of the most prominent black poets of her generation. Born on June 7, 1943, in Knoxville, Tenn., she graduated from Fisk University and later studied at Columbia University. Giovanni creates strongly written poems to convey messages of love, frustration, alienation, and the black experience. She gained national fame with the publication of Black Feeling, Black Talk, Black Judgement in 1970. Full of the spirit of the black community during this era, her works captured the anger and frustration of many of its members.

Giovanni has been the recipient of grants from both the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ford Foundation. She has taught English at Rutgers University, Ohio State University, and Queens College and has given frequent poetry readings. She is also known for several sound recordings of her poetry, including Truth Is On Its Way. She has also been a Professor of English at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.