Who is Nikki Giovanni

Yolande Cornelia "Nikki" Giovanni Jr. (born June 7, 1943) is an American poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. One of the world's most well-known African-American poets, her work includes poetry anthologies, poetry recordings, and nonfiction essays, and covers topics ranging from race and social issues to children's literature. She has won numerous awards, including the Langston Hughes Medal and the NAACP Image Award. She has been nominated for a Grammy Award for her poetry album, The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection. Additionally, she has been named as one of Oprah Winfrey's 25 "Living Legends".

Giovanni gained initial fame in the late 1960s as one of the foremost authors of the Black Arts Movement. Influenced by the Civil Rights Movement and Black Power M...
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Nikki Giovanni Poems

  • My First Memory ( Of Librarians )
    This is my first memory:
    A big room with heavy wooden tables that sat on a creaky
    wood floor
    A line of green shades-bankers' lights-down the center...
  • The Laws Of Motion
    The laws of science teach us a pound of gold weighs as
    much as a pound of flour though if dropped from any
    undetermined height in their natural state one would
    reach bottom and one would fly away ...
  • Poetry
    poetry is motion graceful
    as a fawn
    gentle as a teardrop
    strong like the eye ...
  • Cotton Candy On A Rainy Day
    Don't look now
    I'm fading away
    Into the gray of my mornings
    Or the blues of every night...
  • A Journey
    It's a journey . . . that I propose . . . I am not the guide . . . nor technical assistant . . . I will be your fellow passenger . . .

    Though the rail has been ridden . . . winter clouds cover . . . autumn's exuberant quilt . . . we must provide our own guide-posts . . .
    ...
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Top 10 most used topics by Nikki Giovanni

Black 15 Love 13 I Love You 13 Never 8 Good 8 Life 8 Dream 6 Earth 6 Beautiful 6 Sleep 6


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John Milton Poem
Lycidas
 by John Milton

In this Monody the author bewails a learned Friend, unfortunately
drowned in his passage from Chester on the Irish Seas, 1637;
and, by occasion, foretells the ruin of our corrupted Clergy,
then in their height.


Yet once more, O ye laurels, and once more,
Ye myrtles brown, with ivy never sere,
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