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With nearly 30 books for children and adults to her credit as author, and another half-dozen or so as editor, along with a stately list of major awards and honorary degrees, Giovanni has long been a force for literary exuberance and social responsibility. In her latest accessible, teasing, and poignant collection, she offers straightforward, plain-speaking, sneakily resonant poems, many in prose form. Giovanni remembers her grandparents and the joys of simple pleasures: food, Sunday mornings, driving cross-country. She looks back to her childhood and first literary stirrings, and to her return, as a published poet and mother, to take care of her parents after her father’s stroke. When she describes the labor involved in scraping off layers of old floor wax, she cues us to reflect on how the past shapes and nurtures us even as we must free ourselves from its smothering accretions. Giovanni also reminds us that “Love is a skill;” then, in “When the Girl Becomes a Poet,” she celebrates the opportunity to “be a truth giver / contribute / something beautiful and useful to the world.” --Donna Seaman
“Giovanni has long been a force for literary exuberance and social responsibility. In her latest accessible, teasing, and poignant collection, she offers straightforward, plain-speaking, sneakily resonant poems . . . she celebrates the opportunity to ‘be a truth giver / contribute / something beautiful and useful to the world.’” (Booklist)
“This slim volume delights on every page. There are stories, imaginings, whimsy, and startling images which prove the poet’s power and her command of language . . . Anyone with a love of language will be delighted with this book and the continuing publication of America’s treasured poet.” (San Francisco Book Review)
I absolutely LOVE this book! Nikki Giovanni has a way of sharing thoughts and experiences and her energy through her poetry and stories. Read morePublished 2 months ago by CELESTINA E NGEVE
Wonderful! I really enjoyed this book.I always admired her writing.Published 3 months ago by Michele
Giovanni is one of my favorites and this did not disappoint.Published 5 months ago by Barbara C. Whitman
Some real gems within,but much of it also come across as rambling. I will always be a Nikki Giovanni fan though.Published 7 months ago by Alysia
I never read a whole book of poetry....this was my first. I loved all of the everyday topics. They were relatable and I found myself smiling a lot.Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
Wonderful tome. Appealing hybrid of prose and poetry. Terrific writer.Published 12 months ago by S. Jackson