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Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day Paperback – April 1, 1980
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"Nikki Giovanni is one of our national treasures. For decades she has offered her wit and wisdom, her bruising honesty, and, above all, her unbounded love through these poems as a healing for herself, her community, and her country." -- Gloria Naylor
The Beep Beep Poem
Being And Nothingness (to Quote A Philosopher)
Cotton Candy On A Rainy Day
Gus (for My Father)
The Moon Shines Down
The New Yorkers
Poem (for Ema)
A Poem For Ed And Archie
A Poem Of Friendship
A Poem Off Center
A Response (to The Rock Group Foreigner)
The Rose Bush
A Statement On Conservation
Turning (i Need A Better Title)
The Winter Storm
You Are There
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®
About the Author
Poet, activist, mother, and professor, Nikki Giovanni is a three-time NAACP Image Award winner and the first recipient of the Rosa Parks Woman of Courage Award, and holds the Langston Hughes Medal for Outstanding Poetry, among other honors. The author of twenty-seven books and a Grammy nominee for The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection, she is the University Distinguished Professor/English at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, and an Oprah Living Legend.
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Top Customer Reviews
Giovanni has a way of making private matters public that does not abuse or attack the senses. Instead the reader can almost hear some sweet soothing voice whispering her poetry as they read along. This is the case with the poem "Life Cycles":
she had so many private habits
she would masturbate sometimes
she always picked her nose when upset
she liked to sit with silence
in the dark
sadness is not an unusual state
for the black woman
In several poems Giovanni addresses the woman's inability to define her-self in a male-dominated society and the frustration and finally the understanding and self-acceptance that is born from this plight. However, her tone does not shift from its fluid and conversational tone:
she tried to be a book
but he wouldn't read
she turned herself into a bulb
but he wouldn't let her grow
she decided to become
and though he still refused
to be a man
she decided it was all
With its meditative style, Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day is just one of Nikki Giovanni's many beautiful contributions to the literary world.
LONELINESS IS MORE THAN A STATE OF BEING IT IS A REALITY.
FOR ME.. "THE SWEET SOFT ESSENCE OF POSSIBLITY NEVER QUITE MATURING.."