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Love Poems [Kindle Edition]

Nikki Giovanni
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In a career that has spanned more than a quarter century, Nikki Giovanni has earned the reputation as one of America's most celebrated and contoversial writers.Now, she presents a stunning collection of love poems that includes more than twenty new works.

From the revolutionary "Seduction" to the tender new poem, "Just a Simple Declaration of Love," from the whimsical "I Wrote a Good Omelet" to the elegiac "All Eyez on U," written for Tupac Shakur, these poems embody the fearless passion and spirited wit for which Nikki Giovanni is beloved and revered.

Romantic, bold, and erotic, Love Poems expresses notions of love in ways that are delightfully unexpected. Articulating in sensuous verse what we know only instinctively, Nikki Giovanni once again confirms her place as one of our nations's most distinguished poets and powerful truth-tellers.

In a career that has spanned more than a quarter century, starting with her explosive early years in the Black Rights Movement, Nikki Giovanni has earned a reputation as one of America's most celebrated and controversial writers. Her mind-speaking work has made her a universal favorite and a number-one best-seller.The love poems-the revolutionary "Seduction," the whimsical "I Wrote a Good Omelet," and the tender "My House" to name just a few-are among the most beloved of all Nikki Giovanni's works. Now, Love Poems brings together these and other favorites with over twenty new poems. Romantic, bold, and erotic, Love Poems will once again confirm Nikki Giovanni's place among the country's most renowned poets and truth tellers.


Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

The bold, romantic, and sometimes erotic poems found here include "Seduction," "I Wrote a Good Omelet," and "My House."
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

In one way or another, love shapes most of Giovanni's smart, to-the-point, and emotionally candid poems, but it's wonderful to have a volume devoted strictly to her love poems, especially since it contains 20 new compositions. Giovanni is one of America's most popular poets, because she speaks her mind clearly and has such a good time doing it. As she writes in "A Poem: For Langston Hughes": "wool is sheared . . . silk is spun / weaving is hard . . . but words are fun," a sentiment she brings to rich fruition in her more playful poems, rhyming wonders reminiscent of old blues lyrics where every line is a double entendre, the sort of hand-on-your-hip songs Bessie Smith and Dinah Washington sashayed and smiled their way through. But Giovanni turns more somber and reflective as she expresses the love of a daughter and mother, and a woman's deep-down love for a man that far outlasts the giddy romp of romance. Donna Seaman

Product Details

  • File Size: 200 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; 1 edition (October 6, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NRNISK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,505 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A softer side of Nikki January 29, 2001
Format:Hardcover
I loved this book. This book contains a poem for every stage, every feeling that love encompasses. I enjoy the hard-edged angry Nikki, but I also appreciate this softer, warmer side of her. I think the fire and passion are still there, just packaged more softly. One of my favorites is "I Wrote a Good Omelet." If you've ever loved anyone or hope to someday, you should appreciate this one.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Poem is a treasure and so is Nikki March 3, 1999
Format:Hardcover
Hide "Love Poems" behind all those other scholarly, trendy, "book club-y" books - Hide it like you hide your new Victoria's Secret from you old lover - only to surprise him later. And when the time is right, do so. "Love Poems" adds a wonderful twist. It is real, seductive, poignant, and everything love is but you're afraid to stay out. loud. I LOVE IT & so does my BELOVED.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
WOW! Thank you Nikki for reminding us how much we can learn from someone who has had long-lasting love. I bought this book because it was an Amazon Valentine recommendation and it made me want to throw my arms around my love the moment I finished it.
from "Love Is" :
Some people forget that love is tucking you in and kissing you "Good night" no matter how young or old you are
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful collection!! July 14, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Giovanni has earned honorary degrees and awards. Her present book, Bicycles, is a collection of poems that serve as a companion to her 1997 Love Poems.
Her poetry is romantic, bold, and erotic. She writes about the physiological reactions of seeing a lover or loved one. Tastes, hearing, touching and the power of memory are expressed in several pieces. Giovanni emphasizes that love can be experienced everywhere at all times from many sources and it can lift anyone from the depth of tragedy.
There is something for everyone in this very sweet and enjoyable collection.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Giovanni's "Love Poems" a Hit January 7, 2000
Format:Hardcover
I thouroughly enjoyed this copulation of works by Giovanni. I had the pleasure of reading earlier offerings by her and was pleased with her style and grace. To enjoy her is to understand where she has come from and where she is going. A strong voice of today as well as in the 60's, and keeps on getting stronger. Reading this makes you want to write your own love poems, in your way and in your own style. Giovanni brings out what we thought we have either lost or forgotten about either relationships past or present, and takes us on a journey into a world she doesn't always takes us, a more private, intimate world. Though I KNOW she had reserved a lot of the more intense feelings that I hope she may share with us all,..one day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nikki, Nikki, Nikki March 12, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What can a person say about your writing? Marvelous........................................ These poems took me somewhere; can't quite name the place, but I'll tell you, it suuuuure was a beautiful feeling. Thank you Ms. Giovanni, like Oprah said: "you are one this country's greatest living LEGENDS'
Sherese H.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars beautiful June 16, 2006
Format:Hardcover
Nikki Giovanni uses her words so sparingly and so thoughtfully that every word is like a well-thrown bomb. My copy is worn and warped, but I'd never part with it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Love Poems April 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Very simplistic childlike poems, would enjoy something deeper, seemed very repetitive. That being said, books like any other art form, is subjective.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Words
AWSOME POET
Published 3 months ago by Enixam
5.0 out of 5 stars These love poems are not just for lovers
This books warmed my heart & soul. These love poems are not just for lovers, they are for sisters, brothers, mothers, dads, family and friends. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Marcia Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars Jennifer in CA
The poems were fun and easy to read. I shared these poems with my teenage bookclub for discussion and they loved it.
Published 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Dear Nikki Giovanni
Because of your book in the middle of the night, without warning, my heart was stolen by your poetry. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Cristina Mclaughlin
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
This is a very nice book of poetry, I'm not a big reader of poetry but I could connect with the words and phrases.
Published 10 months ago by Nikeshea Spears
4.0 out of 5 stars you don't know Nikki G
To the reviewer who was looking for "Love Poems" you can tell she was unfamiliar with Ms. Giovanni,because the KKK subject matter would not have been a surprise and yes, that was... Read more
Published 15 months ago by D. A. Harper
4.0 out of 5 stars A sweet read
I enjoyed reading _Love Poems_. The poems are creative, and some are historical. Between gentle and sweet, and deeply moving, Nikki Giovanni had a love poem for everyone.
Published 20 months ago by D. Newcomb
1.0 out of 5 stars sucks
I'm not the best poet in the world but I do know a little about permitting. This was terrible in my opinion
Published 20 months ago by Jay
1.0 out of 5 stars What is this?
A great big "nothing" is what I felt after reading part of this book. I chose not to finish reading it. Certainly not my cup of tea.
Published 20 months ago by Richard A. Bravo
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
I expected a more soothing tone and was disappointed at the grated words. I might recommend it to right person and would be very cautious about buying this authors poems again.
Published 20 months ago by Sharon Wilson
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