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Title:
Conversations with Nikki Giovanni
Author:
Giovanni, Nikki.
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Publication Information:
Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [1992]

©1992
Physical Description:
xxii, 220 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780878055869

9780878055876
Format :
Book

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Summary

Out of this collection of twenty-two interviews spanning two decades rises the distinctive voice of "the princess of black poetry." Nikki Giovanni entered the literary world at the height of the Black Arts Movement and quickly achieved not simple fame but stardom, a phenomenon almost unprecedented for a poet. Her first two volumes of poetry, Black Feeling, Black Talks and Black Judgement , gave expression to the thoughts and feelings of a generation of young African Americans and established Giovanni, in the minds of many, as a "revolutionary," even militant, poet. The image was not altogether accurate, yet it became the gauge by which her later work was judged.

In these conversations the reader can follow the evolution of Giovanni's distinctive voice and the sensibility of the poet's mind. She chooses her words carefully, while giving an impression of spontaneity and even of glibness.


Author Notes


Vincent G. Potterwas Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University; and editor of International Philosophical Quarterly.



Vincent G. Potterwas Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University; and editor of International Philosophical Quarterly.


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Booklist Review

Fowler has collected 27 interviews with poet Nikki Giovanni that span the last 20 years, showing the evolution of Giovanni's art and outlook. Giovanni--outspoken, independent, and controversial--jolted the publishing establishment in 1968 with her first book, Black Feeling, Black Talk, which sold 10,000 copies in eight months. Giovanni was determined to take her "poetry to the people," and her work has achieved popularity beyond the tight confines of the usual poetry-reading public. Fowler's introduction and chronology summarize Giovanni's often paradoxical career and highlight recurring themes that emerge in the poet's interviews. These exchanges originally appeared in commercial publications such as Ebony, Essence, and USA Today as well as in academic journals, and some record conversations between Giovanni and other writers, including Yevgeny Yevtushenko, James Baldwin, and Margaret Walker. An adept and focused speaker, Giovanni has consistently addressed political issues relating to feminism, race, and pan-Africanism, as well as more personal and literary ideas and values. Giovanni's conversations ultimately merge into one complex recitation by a voice of wisdom and authority--a tested, still provocative voice cherished by her many readers. (Reviewed Nov. 15, 1992)087805586XDonna Seaman


Booklist Review

Fowler has collected 27 interviews with poet Nikki Giovanni that span the last 20 years, showing the evolution of Giovanni's art and outlook. Giovanni--outspoken, independent, and controversial--jolted the publishing establishment in 1968 with her first book, Black Feeling, Black Talk, which sold 10,000 copies in eight months. Giovanni was determined to take her "poetry to the people," and her work has achieved popularity beyond the tight confines of the usual poetry-reading public. Fowler's introduction and chronology summarize Giovanni's often paradoxical career and highlight recurring themes that emerge in the poet's interviews. These exchanges originally appeared in commercial publications such as Ebony, Essence, and USA Today as well as in academic journals, and some record conversations between Giovanni and other writers, including Yevgeny Yevtushenko, James Baldwin, and Margaret Walker. An adept and focused speaker, Giovanni has consistently addressed political issues relating to feminism, race, and pan-Africanism, as well as more personal and literary ideas and values. Giovanni's conversations ultimately merge into one complex recitation by a voice of wisdom and authority--a tested, still provocative voice cherished by her many readers. (Reviewed Nov. 15, 1992)087805586XDonna Seaman