Who is Nikki GiovanniYolande 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
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 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 . . .
Top 10 most used topics by Nikki GiovanniBlack 15 Love 13 I Love You 13 Never 8 Good 8 Life 8 Dream 6 Earth 6 Beautiful 6 Sleep 6
Nikki Giovanni Quotes
- Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to the error that counts.
- Nothing is easy to the unwilling.