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Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid Hardcover – October 29, 2013
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“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)
Top Customer Reviews
The essays are great, too, but my real love affair is with the poems. This book contains poems such as "These Women," "I Wish I Could Live (in a Book)," "I Wish I Could Live (in Music)," and "Spider Waltz." These poems celebrate womanhood and love and heartbreak and family, most of all, family.
I recommend this book to everyone -- EVERYONE. I believe that even people who don't enjoy poetry could enjoy this poetry.
She has a homage poem entitled "For Sonia Sanchez", and while many of the writers mentioned in the poem have past, I love that Sonia Sanchez is still alive. I definitely believe in giving people their flowers while they are here. I'm glad that she did not wait for another funeral before publishing this piece.
When I read poetry books, one thing that I find interest is poetry placement. I love the way in which poems are ordered.
My favorite placement in this book is the fact that "Robert Champion" is followed by "Allowables". The scene described in the Champion poem laid the foundation for understanding the end of "Allowables": "I don't think/ I'm allowed// To kill something/ Because I am/ Frightened"
And that poem could be the slogan of now. Those last 5 lines, those last four stanzas made me think about all of these Black men killed by police officers... and the officers say they were so scared of these unarmed Black men! Whew! I can't handle it; I'll move on.
There are many things that I love about poetry: I love rhythms, line breaks, one lined stanzas. I love a well placed comma, appositives, a fitting title.
But with Giovanni, again and again, I love her endings. I loved the endings of "If a Lemon", "I am at that Point", "I Hate Mondays", "Fear: Eat In or Take Out", "Biscuits", "Poets" and many others.
I can't wait to read this book "Chasing Utopia" all over again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 11 months ago by CELESTINA E NGEVE
Wonderful! I really enjoyed this book.I always admired her writing.Published 12 months ago by Michele
Giovanni is one of my favorites and this did not disappoint.Published 15 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 16 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 16 months ago by Kindle Customer