Tell it like it is,
This review is from: Blues: For All the Changes: New Poems (Hardcover)
I was lucky enough to be in the audience when Nikki Giovanni was a speaker in the Wisconsin Union's Distinguished Lecture Series. The theater was filled and I have never been in an audience that was so enervated, delighted and astounded by a speaker. Giovanni recited some of her poetry, but mostly she expounded on various subjects with amazing wit and pure straight talk.
I was therefore happy to find that such priceless "rants" make up the bulk of the book "Blues:For All the Changes". It was published in 1999, but is oh so relevant today.
Here is a line to chew on.
"Even when I was in high school, I couldn't understand why all the studies were of Black people."
I feel blessed to have encountered Nikki Giovanni in person and in print.
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Initial post: Dec 27, 2014 3:37:51 PM PST
Such a fine review, but 'enervated' is not the word to describe any Nikki Giovanni audience.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2014 4:08:54 PM PST
D. A. Kramer says:
Thanks for your comment. You are right, enervated is totally the wrong word. I should have used invigorated. It's good to learn something new every day.
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