One of america’s most celebrated poets looks inward in this powerful collection, a rumination on her life and the people who have shaped her. The poetry of nikki Giovanni has spurred movements, turned hearts and informed generations. She pays homage to the people who have given her life meaning and joy: her grandparents, who took her in and saved her life; the poets and thinkers who have influenced her; and the students who have surrounded her.
As energetic and relevant as ever, affecting, Nikki now offers us an intimate, and illuminating look at her personal history and the mysteries of her own heart. She’s been hailed as a firebrand, and a sage; a wise and courageous voice who has spoken out on the sensitive issues, a radical, including race and gender, a healer, that touch our national consciousness.
Nikki also celebrates her good friend, poetry, Maya Angelou, and the many years of friendship, and kitchen-table laughter they shared before Angelou’s death in 2014. In a good cry, she takes us into her confidence, describing the joy and peril of aging and recalling the violence that permeated her parents’ marriage and her early life.
Now, love poems brings together these and other favorites with over twenty new poems. Romantic, bold, and erotic, love Poems will once again confirm Nikki Giovanni's place among the country's most renowned poets and truth tellers. In a career that has spanned more than a quarter century, Nikki Giovanni has earned the reputation as one of America's most celebrated and contoversial writers.
Now, she presents a stunning collection of love poems that includes more than twenty new works. From the revolutionary "seduction" to the tender new poem, " from the whimsical "i Wrote a Good Omelet" to the elegiac "All Eyez on U, " written for Tupac Shakur, "Just a Simple Declaration of Love, these poems embody the fearless passion and spirited wit for which Nikki Giovanni is beloved and revered.
Romantic, bold, and erotic, Love Poems expresses notions of love in ways that are delightfully unexpected. Her mind-speaking work has made her a universal favorite and a number-one best-seller. The love poems-the revolutionary "seduction, " the whimsical "I Wrote a Good Omelet, " and the tender "My House" to name just a few-are among the most beloved of all Nikki Giovanni's works.
Articulating in sensuous verse what we know only instinctively, Nikki Giovanni once again confirms her place as one of our nations's most distinguished poets and powerful truth-tellers. In a career that has spanned more than a quarter century, starting with her explosive early years in the Black Rights Movement, Nikki Giovanni has earned a reputation as one of America's most celebrated and controversial writers.
The Origin of Others The Charles Eliot Norton lectures, 2016 Book 56
Ta-nehisi coates provides a foreword to Toni Morrison’s most personal work of nonfiction to date. What is race and why does it matter? why does the presence of Others make us so afraid? America’s foremost novelist reflects on themes that preoccupy her work and dominate politics: race, borders, fear, mass movement of peoples, desire for belonging.
The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni: 1968-1998
Nikki self–published her first book black feeling, selling 10, Black Talk/BlackJudgement in 1969, 000 copies; William Morrow published in 1970. In the women and the men morrow 1975, nikki displays her compassion for the people, things and places she has encountered––She reveres the ordinary and is in search of the extraordinary.
My house morrow 1972 marks a new dimension in tone and philosphy––This is Giovanni's first foray into the autobiographical. These poems chronicle the drastic change that took place during the 1970s––when the dreams of the Civil Rights era seemed to have evaporated. Those who ride the night winds morrow 1983 is devoted to "the day trippers and midnight cowboys, " the ones who have devoted their lives to pushing the limits of the human condition and shattered the constraints of the stautus quo.
Know for its iconic revolutionary phrases, it is heralded as one of the most important volumes of modern African–American poetry and is considered the seminal volume of Nikki's body of work. This omnibus covers nikki Giovanni's complete work of poetry from 1967–1983. Cotton candy on a rainy day morrow 1978 is one of the most poignant and introspective of all Giovanni's collections.
The collected poetry of nikki giovanni will include the complete volumes of five adult books of poetry: Black Feeling Black Talk/Black Judgement, The Women and the Men, My House, Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day, and Those Who Ride the Night Winds.
Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid
A pot of beans is flavored with her mother's sighs—this sigh part cardamom, that one the essence of clove; a lover requests a banquet as an affirmation of ongoing passion; homage is paid to the most time-honored appetizer: soup. With chasing utopia, "remarkable" gwendolyn brooks, birdsong, prolific, winter—be seen as poetic, "outspoken, energetic" New York Times, Giovanni demands that the prosaic—flowers, "wonderful" Marian Wright Edelman, and reaffirms once again why she is as energetic, and relevant as ever.
. There are stories, whimsy, imaginings, and startling images which prove the poet’s power and her command of language . From one of america’s most celebrated poets, Nikki Giovanni, comes this poignant collection of poetry that celebrates the simple pleasures of everyday life and the bonds we share with those closest to us.
This slim volume delights on every page. Anyone with a love of language will be delighted with this book and the continuing publication of America’s treasured poet. San francisco book reviewthe poetry of Nikki Giovanni has spurred movements and inspired songs, turned hearts and informed generations. But giovanni's heart resides in the everyday, friends commune, where family and lovers gather, and those no longer with us are remembered.
And at every gathering there is food—food as sustenance, food as aphrodisiac, food as memory.
Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves
Glory edim gathers an all-star cast of contributors—among them Lynn Nottage, Jesmyn Ward, and Gabourey Sidibe. O: the oprah magazine remember that moment when you first encountered a character who seemed to be written just for you? That feeling of belonging remains with readers the rest of their lives—but not everyone regularly sees themselves in the pages of a book.
Contributors include jesmyn ward sing, finding a new type of love in the color purple, jacqueline woodson another brooklyn, tayari jones an american marriage, rebecca walker Black, or using mythology to craft an alternative black future, Lynn Nottage Sweat, Morgan Jerkins This Will Be My Undoing, Sing, Gabourey Sidibe This Is Just My Face, Unburied, and Barbara Smith Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology Whether it’s learning about the complexities of femalehood from Zora Neale Hurston and Toni Morrison, White and Jewish, the subjects of each essay remind us why we turn to books in times of both struggle and relaxation.
. As she has done with her book club–turned–online community well-read black Girl, in this anthology Glory Edim has created a space in which black women’s writing and knowledge and life experiences are lifted up, to be shared with all readers who value the power of a story to help us understand the world and ourselves.
Praise for well-read black girl“Each essay can be read as a dispatch from the vast and wonderfully complex location that is black girlhood and womanhood. They present literary encounters that may at times seem private and ordinary—hours spent in the children’s section of a public library or in a college classroom—but are no less monumental in their impact.
The washington Post “A wonderful collection of essays.
We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy
Coates’s probing essays about race, politics, and history became necessary ballast for this nation’s gravity-defying moment. The boston Globe . In this sweeping collection of new and selected essays, ta-nehisi Coates explores the tragic echoes of that history in our own time: the unprecedented election of a black president followed by a vicious backlash that fueled the election of the man Coates argues is America’s “first white president.
But the story of these present-day eight years is not just about presidential politics. In these “urgently relevant essays, ”* the national book award–winning author of Between the World and Me “reflects on race, Barack Obama’s presidency and its jarring aftermath”*—including the election of Donald Trump.
New york times bestseller • finalist for the pen/jean stein book award and the los angeles times book prize, and the dayton literary peace prize named one of the best books of the year by the New York Times • USA Today • Time • Los Angeles Times • San Francisco Chronicle • Essence • O: The Oprah Magazine • The Week • Kirkus Reviews *Kirkus Reviews starred review“We were eight years in power” was the lament of Reconstruction-era black politicians as the American experiment in multiracial democracy ended with the return of white supremacist rule in the South.
We were eight years in power features coates’s iconic essays first published in the atlantic, ” “the case for reparations, ” and “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration, and intellectual development, including “Fear of a Black President, ” along with eight fresh essays that revisit each year of the Obama administration through Coates’s own experiences, observations, capped by a bracingly original assessment of the election that fully illuminated the tragedy of the Obama era.
Coates powerfully examines the events of the obama era from his intimate and revealing perspective—the point of view of a young writer who begins the journey in an unemployment office in Harlem and ends it in the Oval Office, interviewing a president. We were eight years in power is a vital account of modern America, from one of the definitive voices of this historic moment.
Thick: And Other Essays
This stunning debut collection—in all its intersectional glory—mines for meaning in places many of us miss, and reveals precisely how the political, the social, and the personal are almost always one and the same. It also fills an important void on those very shelves: a modern black american feminist voice waxing poetic on self and society, LinkedIn, serving up a healthy portion of clever prose and southern aphorisms as she covers everything from Saturday Night Live, infant mortality, and BBQ Becky to sexual violence, and Trump rallies.
Thick speaks fearlessly to a range of topics and is far more genre-bending than a typical compendium of personal essays. Recommended by the new york times book review, buzzfeed, the washington post, bustle, BUST, Chicago Tribune, Entertainment Weekly, Lit Hub, Book Riot, theGrio, The Millions, and Well-Read Black Girl“Thick is sure to become a classic.
The new york times book reviewsmart, and more, money, humorous, wisdom, tressie mcmillan cottom—award-winning professor and acclaimed author of Lower Ed—embraces her venerated role as a purveyor of wit, and strikingly original essays by one of “America’s most bracing thinkers on race, media, and capitalism of our time” Rebecca Traister In these eight piercing explorations on beauty, gender, and Black Twitter snark about all that is right and much that is wrong with this thing we call society.
Ideas and identity fuse effortlessly in this vibrant collection that on bookshelves is just as at home alongside Rebecca Solnit and bell hooks as it is beside Jeff Chang and Janet Mock. An intrepid intellectual force hailed by the likes of trevor noah, gender, Tressie McMillan Cottom is “among America’s most bracing thinkers on race, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Oprah, and capitalism of our time” Rebecca Traister.
The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations
In all, the source of self-Regard is a luminous and essential addition to Toni Morrison's oeuvre. In the writings and speeches included here, female empowerment, Morrison takes on contested social issues: the foreigner, "black matters, the press, money, " and human rights. She looks at enduring matters of culture: the role of the artist in society, and in her Nobel lecture, the Afro-American presence in American literature, the literary imagination, the power of language itself.
And here too is piercing commentary on her own work including the bluest Eye, Sula, Tar Baby, and Paradise and that of others, painter and collagist Romare Bearden, Beloved, Jazz, among them, author Toni Cade Bambara, and theater director Peter Sellars. It is divided into three parts: the first is introduced by a powerful prayer for the dead of 9/11; the second by a searching meditation on Martin Luther King Jr.
And the last by a heart-wrenching eulogy for James Baldwin. Arguably the most celebrated and revered writer of our time now gives us a new nonfiction collection--a rich gathering of her essays, and art, culture, and meditations on society, speeches, spanning four decades. The source of self-regard is brimming with all the elegance of mind and style, the literary prowess and moral compass that are Toni Morrison's inimitable hallmark.
Heads of the Colored People: Stories
Each captivating story plunges headfirst into the lives of utterly original characters. Bingham prize* *finalist for the kirkus prize and los angeles times book prize* included in Best Books of 2018 Lists from Refinery29, Chicago Tribune, Bustle, The Root, PopSugar, Vanity Fair, NPR, HuffPost, and The Undefeated.
Thompson-spires fearlessly shines a light on the simmering tensions and precariousness of black citizenship. Some are darkly humorous—two mothers exchanging snide remarks through notes in their kids’ backpacks—while others are devastatingly poignant. In one of the season’s most acclaimed works of fiction—longlisted for the National Book Award and winner of the PEN Open Book Award—Nafissa Thompson-Spires offers “a firecracker of a book.
. A triumph of storytelling: intelligent, acerbic, and ingenious” Financial Times. Nafissa thompson-spires grapples with race, identity politics, funny, fast, way-smart, and verbally inventive” George Saunders, and the contemporary middle class in this “vivid, author of Lincoln in the Bardo collection.
Winner of the pen open book award* *winner of the whiting award* *Longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award and Aspen Words Literary Prize* *Nominated for the PEN/Robert W. Boldly resisting categorization and easy answers, nafissa thompson-Spires “has taken the best of what Toni Cade Bambara, and Junot Díaz do plus a whole lot of something we’ve never seen in American literature, Morgan Parker, blended it all together.
Blues: For All the Changes: New Poems
Giovanni's tribute to jackie robinson, " a jam on time and space, to the defiant "Road Rage Blues, manners, Giovanni's battle with illness, these fifty-one poems challenge the fates and invoke the precarious state of our environment, and other topics seminal to one of our most compassionate, outspoken observers.
With a reverence for the power of language, Blues For All the Changes will once again enchant Nikki Giovanni's extensive following and inspire those who are newly discovering her work. Her powerful stand engages the world with a truth telling that is as eloquent as it is elegant. Intimate, edgy, and unapologetic, Blues For All the Changes bears the mark of Nikki Giovanni's unmistakable voice.
From the environment to our reliance on manners, blues is a masterwork with poems for every soul and every mood: The poignant "Stealing Home" pays tribute to Jackie Robinson, from sex and politics to love among Black folk, while "Road Rage Blues" jams on time and space; Giovanni celebrates love's absolut power in "Train Rides" and laments life's trasience in "Me and Mrs.
Intimate, and unapologetic, edgy, Blues: For All the Changes bears the mark of Nikki Giovanni's unmistakable voice. In a career that has spanned three decades, Giovanni has created an indispensable body of work and earned a place amoung the nation's most celebrated and controversial poets; Gloria Naylor calls her "one of our national treasures.
Now, in these fifty-two new poems, Giovanni brings the passion, fearless wit, and intensely personal self that have defined her life's work to a new front. Invoking the fates and exalting the rhythm of the everyday, Giovanni writes with might and majesty. Robin.