The Selected Poems, 1968-1995
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 t...more
Giovanni's plainness of language can be very beautiful, and I appreciate that some poems buil...more
This volume presents a chronological sample of her poems. It is interesting to see the development of both her subject and craft. Particularly poignant to me were some of the poems relating to her experience as both a daug...more
Nikki is a o.g. and I love her a lot. Her style is beyond beautiful. She's a superstar. She's sassy, and fabulous, and damn good at her job. The only poets left are 12 years old who bitch about their too-young lives. Nikki is bringing back a lost art.
If only people could learn to read and have the good sense to pick up something of hers.
She lives in Blacksburg, Virginia, where she is a University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech.