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Nikki Giovanni is still the bomb!

She’s been around a long time. She’s done her time and speaks her mind. I heard her speak last spring and now whenever I read her works I hear her voice while reading it. I can picture her talking about Amos ‘n’ Andy and why the show was popular as well as important to Black families. In her book Chasing Utopia I can hear her reaffirming my feelings about how fantastic Nina Simone was. Ms. Giovanni talks about meeting Nina Simone in a bookstore in Harlem and that even though she was famous she (Ms. Giovanni) invited her to a party. Her mother told her Nina Simone is not coming to your party and Nina Simone came.  

The best thing about poetry is that you can do a hit and run. You can touch on a topic and move on to hit on another one and Nikki Giovanni does that well. In her poem Werewolf Avoidance, she suggests “that our poems should be strong in our emotions and our words that might make us difficult to live with”. She’s not talking "namby-pamby poetry" when she talks about Sarah Palin in her poem, The Lone Ranger Rides the Lonesome Trail Again. Sometimes she's spicy, sometimes she's sweet. Nikki Giovanni does it well. 



Nikki Giovanni is still the bomb!

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She’s been around a long time. She’s done her time and speaks her mind. I heard her speak last spring and now whenever I read her works I hear her voice while reading it. I can picture her talking about Amos ‘n’ Andy and why the show was popular as well as important to Black families. In her book Chasing Utopia I can hear her reaffirming my feelings about how fantastic Nina Simone was. Ms. Giovanni talks about meeting Nina Simone in a bookstore in Harlem and that even though she was famous she (Ms. Giovanni) invited her to a party. Her mother told her Nina Simone is not coming to your party and Nina Simone came.  

The best thing about poetry is that you can do a hit and run. You can touch on a topic and move on to hit on another one and Nikki Giovanni does that well. In her poem Werewolf Avoidance, she suggests “that our poems should be strong in our emotions and our words that might make us difficult to live with”. She’s not talking "namby-pamby poetry" when she talks about Sarah Palin in her poem, The Lone Ranger Rides the Lonesome Trail Again. Sometimes she's spicy, sometimes she's sweet. Nikki Giovanni does it well. 

Posted by Judi Rambow at 12/20/2016 02:39:31 PM