The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni: 1968-1998 (Paperback)
The complete early work of the renowned African-American poet.
“Nikki Giovanni is one of our national treasures.”—Gloria Naylor
This omnibus includes her first seven volumes of poetry from her early years, 1967 to 1983: Black Feeling Black Talk; Black Judgement; Re: Creation; My House; The Women and the Men; Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day; and Those Who Ride the Night Winds. A timeless classic, it is both a reflection of the changes in her own life and an evocation of a nation’s past and its present.
Nikki Giovanni, poet, activist, mother, and professor, is a seven-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 many other honors. The author of twenty-eight books and a Grammy nominee for The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection, she is the University Distinguished Professor of English at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.
“One of the finest poets of our time. . . Her work still resonates.” — Ebony
“Fiery yet personal . . . an ample and diligent introduction, chronology and notes to individual works.” — Publishers Weekly
“Wise and mischievous, Giovanni is a must-read at every stage if her happily, still growing oeuvre.” — Booklist
“What a powerful first impression she made. This collection of early work is an excellent reminder.” — Library Journal