Poems: 1968-2020

Poems: 1968-2020

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A major new career-spanning selection from one of the world’s foremost poets, an international treasure, from 1968 to the present day

Nikki Giovanni's poetry has dazzled and inspired readers for more than sixty years. When she first emerged from the Black Arts Movement in the late 1960s, she immediately became one of the most celebrated and controversial poets of the era. Now considered a living legend, this is the first new selection since the late 1990s and offers readers a chance to be introduced to and to celebrate her incredible lifetime's work.

Giovanni’s poetry has always been a powerful expression of her ideas about love, race, politics and gender, but part of that power has also been the sensitive and intimate way Giovanni is able to bring to light the heart and soul of herself and her readers. Giovanni's poetry speaks from and to the Black experience, with Black love, Black struggle and Black joy at the centre. Arranged chronologically and spanning the entirety of her career, this selection charts not only the development of a great poet but also of sixty years of American life, bringing together motherhood and revolution, political dreams and great loves, men, women, children and community, and shows Giovanni at her essential, profound best.


  • Hail, Lionheart Nikki, to whom all poets who come after owe a massive debt for the brilliant and fearless ways in which your early poems urge us to claim our rightful space and to render the old and familiar, vital and strange again. The poems in this new selected contain everything from get-up-stand-up anthems and musings informed by the wisdom of the ages, to crystalline plainchants and lullabyes. A wonderful and necessary collection
    Lorna Goodinson

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