The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni by Nikki Giovanni

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This omnibus covers Nikki Giovanni's complete work of poetry from 1967–1983. THE COLLECTED POETRY OF NIKKI GIOVANNI will include the complete volumes of five adult books of poetry: Black Feeling Black Talk/Black Judgement, My House, The Women and the Men, Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day, and Those Who Ride the Night Winds.

Nikki self–published her first book Black Feeling, Black Talk/BlackJudgement in 1969, selling 10,000 copies; William Morrow published in 1970. Know for its iconic revolutionary phrases, it is heralded as one of the most important volumes of modern African–American poetry and is considered the seminal volume of Nikki's body of work.

My House (Morrow 1972) marks a new dimension in tone and philosphy––This is Giovanni's first foray into the autobiographical.

In The Women and the Men (Morrow 1975), Nikki displays her compassion for the people, things and places she has encountered––She reveres the ordinary and is in search of the extraordinary.

Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day (Morrow 1978) is one of the most poignant and introspective of all Giovanni's collections. These poems chronicle the drastic change that took place during the 1970s––when the dreams of the Civil Rights era seemed to have evaporated.

Those Who Ride the Night Winds (Morrow 1983) is devoted to "the day trippers and midnight cowboys," the ones who have devoted their lives to pushing the limits of the human condition and shattered the constraints of the stautus quo.


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 December 24, 2008 by HarperCollins e-books. 512 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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With the initially self-published Black Feeling Black Talk (1968) and the same year's Black Judgment , the then 25-year-ol

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Few poetry anthologies could be used as supplemental material in a history class, yet this collection, spanning three decades, cries out to be studied in universities and on porch stoops during warm spring evenings.

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Life cycles, singing, children and family, to name a few, all have a way to find a way into a song of poetry that gives one thought as the poet’s verse carries one into a bliss of complete luxury.

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