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The bold, romantic, and sometimes erotic poems found here include "Seduction," "I Wrote a Good Omelet," and "My House."
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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
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1 edition (February 14, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688149898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688149895
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Je'Niece N. McCullough on 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 By milsam7@hotmail.com on 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 9, 1998
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joyce Åkesson on July 14, 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rose dinice on April 2, 2013
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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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "jdcfoster" on 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 By Cristina Mclaughlin on January 28, 2014
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Because of your book in the middle of the night, without warning, my heart was stolen by your poetry. It left a note declaring that it's running away with your words and never coming back ...I can't say that blame her. However, despite her reckless intentions, I find her hiding quite conspicuously in the creases and folds of your next verse. My heart may be enamored but it's never been an expert at hiding.
Love,
A heartless English teacher.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sherese hinkle on March 12, 2014
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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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