Nikki Giovanni Poetry

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 ... Read More

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Backing out the driveway
the car lights cast an eerie glow
in the morning fog centering
on moveme

so he said: you ain't got no talent
if you didn't have a face
you wouldn't be nobody

and she

This is my first memory:
A big room with heavy wooden tables that sat on a creaky
wood floor
A li

Rain has drops
Sun has shine
Moon has beams
That make you mine
Rivers have banks
Sands for

I love you
because the Earth turns round the sun
because the North wind blows north
sometimes
be

her grandmother called her from the playground
"yes, ma'am"
"i want chu to learn how to make rol

I wrote a good omelet...and ate
a hot poem... after loving you
Buttoned my car...and drove my
c

rain is
god's sperm falling
in the receptive
woman how else
to spend
a rainy day
other t

walking down park
amsterdam
or columbus do you ever stop
to think what it looked like
before

If i can't do
what i want to do
then my job is to not
do what i don't want
to do
It's not t

all i gotta do
is sit and wait
sit and wait
and it's gonna find
me
all i gotta do
is sit

it's not the crutches we decry
it's the need to move forward
though we haven't the strength

w

I was born in the congo
I walked to the fertile crescent and built
the sphinx
I designed a pyrami

The laws of science teach us a pound of gold weighs as
much as a pound of flour though if dropped

In life
one is always
balancing

like we juggle our mothers
against our fathers

or one teach

I hang on the edge
of this universe
singing off-key
talking too loud
embracing myself
to c

poetry is motion graceful
as a fawn
gentle as a teardrop
strong like the eye
finding peace i

Clouds float by on a summer sky
I hop scotch over to you
Rainbows arch from ground to gold
I cl

I'm not lonely
sleeping all alone
you think i'm scared
but i'm a big girl
i don't cry or any

I wanted to write
a poem
that rhymes
but revolution doesn't lend
itself to be-bopping

the

she realized
she wasn't one
of life's winners
when she wasn't sure
life to her was some dark

It's a journey . . . that I propose . . . I am not the guide . . . nor technical assistant . . . I w

Don't look now
I'm fading away
Into the gray of my mornings
Or the blues of every night
Is it

In the beginning was the word
And the word was
Death
And the word was nigger
And the word wa

I always like summer
Best
you can eat fresh corn
From daddy's garden
And okra
And greens
And c

once a snowflake fell
on my brow and i loved
it so much and i kissed
it and it was happy and call

I haven't written a poem in so long
I may have forgotten how
unless writing a poem
is like rid

One day
you gonna walk in this house
and i'm gonna have a long African
gown
you'll sit down and

they clapped when we landed
thinking africa was just an extension
of the black world
they smil

the last time i was home
to see my mother we kissed
exchanged pleasantries
and unpleasantries

We are not lovers
because of the love
we make
but the love
we have
We are not friends
bec

I came to the crowd seeking friends
I came to the crowd seeking love
I came to the crowd for und

and always there are the children

there will be children in the heat of day
there will be childr

Childhood rememberances are
always a drag if you're Black
you always remember things like
livi

when i die i hope no one who ever hurt me cries
and if they cry i hope their eyes fall out
and a

Ever been kidnapped
by a poet
if i were a poet
i'd kidnap you
put you in my phrases and mete

Trees are never felled . . . in summer . . . Not when the fruit . . .
is yet to be borne . . . Nev

in my younger years
before i learned
black people aren't
suppose to dream
i wanted to be
a

(With compliments and apologies to all not mentioned by name)

i wanta say just gotta say somethin

Some people forget that love is
tucking you in and kissing you
'Good night'
no matter how youn

I always like summer
best
you can eat fresh corn
from daddy's garden
and okra
and greens
and c

Nikki Giovanni Poetry

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, the NAACP Image Award. She has been nominated for a Grammy Award, for her album The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection. Additionally, she has recently been named as one of Oprah Winfrey’s 25 "Living Legends" (29). 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 Movement of the period, her early work provides a strong, militant African-American perspective, leading one writer to dub her the "Poet of the Black Revolution." During the 1970s, she began writing children's literature, and co-founded a publishing company, NikTom Ltd to provide an outlet for other African-American women writers. Over subsequent decades, her works discussed social issues, human relationships, and hip-hop. Poems such as "Knoxville, Tennessee," and "Nikki-Rosa" have been frequently re-published in anthologies and other collections. Giovanni has taught at Queens College, Rutgers, and Ohio State, and is currently a University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech. Following the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007, she delivered a chant-poem at a memorial for the shooting victims.... Read More