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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Nikki Giovanni Poems
I always like summer Best you can eat fresh corn From daddy's garden
In life one is always balancing
If i can't do what i want to do
A Poem Of Friendship
We are not lovers because of the love
Some people forget that love is tucking you in and kissing you
I Wrote A Good Omelet
I wrote a good omelet...and ate a hot poem... after loving you
And I Have You
Rain has drops Sun has shine
Childhood rememberances are always a drag if you're Black
Ever been kidnapped by a poet
Cotton Candy On A Rainy Day
Don't look now I'm fading away
I'm Not Lonely
I'm not lonely sleeping all alone
A Summer Love Poem
Clouds float by on a summer sky I hop scotch over to you
My First Memory ( Of Librarians )
This is my first memory: A big room with heavy wooden tables that sat on a creaky
Quotationsmore quotations »
''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).
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I always like summer
you can eat fresh corn
From daddy's garden
And lots of
And homemade ice-cream
At the church picnic
And listen to
At the church
And go to the mountains with
And go barefooted
And be warm
All the time
Not only when you go to bed