Acolytes by Nikki Giovanni

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A collection of eighty all new poems, Acolytes is distinctly Nikki Giovanni, but different. Not softened, but more inspired by love, celebration, memories and even nostalgia. She aims her intimate and sparing words at family and friends, the deaths of heroes and friends, favorite meals and candy, nature, libraries, and theatre. But in between, the deep and edgy conscience that has defined her for decades shines through when she writes about Rosa Parks, hurricane Katrina, and Emmett Till's disappearance, leaving no doubt that Nikki has not traded one approach for another, but simply made room for both.


About Nikki Giovanni

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Nikki Giovanni is the author of the award-winning bestseller ROSA, illustrated by Bryan Collier, as well as ON MY JOURNEY NOW: LOOKING AT AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY THROUGH THE SPIRITUALS and many other books for children and adults. A University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech, Nikki Giovanni lives in Christiansburg, Virginia. Chris Raschka has illustrated many celebrated picture books, including the poetry anthologies A POKE IN THE I and A KICK IN THE HEAD, edited by Paul B. Janeczko, as well as the Dylan Thomas classic A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES. The recipient of both a Caldecott Medal and a Caldecott Honor, Chris Raschka lives in New York.
Published July 8, 2008 by HarperCollins e-books. 144 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Giovanni's most serious verse and prose link her own struggles—as a black woman, as a latter-day icon, as a cancer survivor, as a teacher—to the larger patterns of black American history, of striving toward freedom always: "I choose always as best I can to keep truth and compassion in my life."

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