Nikki Giovanni Poems
- Choices If i can't do what i want to do
- Knoxville Tennessee I always like summer Best you can eat...
- Balances In life one is always balancing
- Love Is Some people forget that love is tucking you in and ...
- A Poem Of Friendship We are not lovers because of the love
- Cotton Candy On A Rainy Day Don't look now I'm fading away
- And I Have You Rain has drops Sun has shine
an American poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. Her primary focus is on the individual and the power one has to make a difference in oneself and in the lives of others. Giovanni’s poetry expresses strong racial pride, respect for family, and her own experiences as a daughter, a civil rights activist, and a mother. She is currently a distinguished professor of English at Virginia Tech.
Nikki Giovanni was born in Knoxville, Tennessee to Yolande Cornelia, Sr. and Jones "Gus" Giovanni. She grew up in Lincoln Heights, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio, and in 1960 began her studies at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, her grandfather's alma mater. She ... more »
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''If you don't understand yourself you don't understand anybody else.''Nikki Giovanni (b. 1943), U.S. poet. A Dialogue (1973). from a conversation, Nov. 4, 1971, with James Baldwin in London.
''There're two people in the world that are not likeable: a master and a slave.''Nikki Giovanni (b. 1943), U.S. poet, and James Baldwin (1924-1987), U.S. author. A Dialogue (1973). from a conversation in London, Nov. 4, 1971.
''A white face goes with a white mind. Occasionally a black face goes with a white mind. Very seldom a white face will have a black mind.''Nikki Giovanni (b. 1943), U.S. poet. from a conversation with James Baldwin, in London, Nov. 4, 1971. A Dialogue (1973).
''I think one of the nicest things that we created as a generation was just the fact that we could say, Hey, I don't like white people.''Nikki Giovanni (b. 1943), U.S. poet. from a conversation with James Baldwin in London, Nov. 4, 1971. A Dialogue (1973).
''A lot of people refuse to do things because they don't want to go naked, don't want to go without guarantee. But that's what's got to happen. You go naked until you die.''Nikki Giovanni (b. 1943), U.S. poet. Black Women Writers at Work, ch. 5, by Claudia Tate (1983).
If i can't do
what i want to do
then my job is to not
do what i don't want
It's not the same thing
but it's the best i can
If i can't have
what i want . . . then
my job is to want
what i've got
and be satisfied
that at least there
is something more to want
Since i can't go
where i need
to go . . . then i must . . . go
where the signs point
through always understanding
When i can't express
what i really feel
i practice feeling
what i can express ...