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Author: Nikki Giovanni Narrator: Nikki Giovanni Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2017 ISBN: 9780062743091
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The poetry of Nikki Giovanni has spurred movements, turned hearts and informed generations. She’s been hailed as a firebrand, a radical, a healer, and a sage; a wise and courageous voice who has spoken out on the sensitive issues, including race and gender, that touch our national consciousness.


Love Poems: Nikki reads a stunning collection of over twenty romantic, bold, and erotic love poems, expressing notions of love in ways that are delightfully unexpected and full of fearless passion and spirited wit. From the revolutionary "Seduction" to the tender "Just a Simple Declaration of Love," and the elegiac "All Eyez on U," written for Tupac Shakur, these poems embody the fearless passion and spirited wit for which Nikki Giovanni is beloved and revered.

A Good Cry
: With her new collection Nikki offers listeners an intimate, affecting, and illuminating look at her personal history and the mysteries of her own heart. Reading her work, she takes us into her confidence, describing the joy and peril of aging and recalling the violence that permeated her parents’ marriage and her early life. Nikki also celebrates her good friend, Maya Angelou, and the many years of friendship, poetry, and kitchen-table laughter they shared.


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Quotes & Awards

  • “The acclaimed activist, educator, and poet shares her life story through poetry and narrative. Her voice is familiar to the ear—it’s a voice that has been used to combat injustices, honor unsung heroes, and create old and new ways to love… Overall, Giovanni’s seasoned voice sounds determined, clear, and poignant. Her emotionally complex love poems span her own history, which runs the gamut from an abusive family to friendships with some of the most extraordinary people ever. Listening to this artist is a real treat.”


  • “Plainspoken, moving, and direct, the multi-award-winning poet Giovanni draws a revealing line between heart and history…This collection sometimes looks forward, sometimes back, and sometimes hovers in the moment. A warm invitation to sit beside Giovanni as she meditates on (her) life and the people who shaped her.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Ultimately this is more a book of gratitude than tears as Giovanni gives thanks for love and friendship, good food and nature’s beauty, school and football, and that empowering force, poetry.”


  • A 2018 Audie Award Finalist for Best Narration by the Author

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About the Author

Nikki Giovanni has written many books of poetry for children and adults. She calls herself, “a Black American, a daughter, a mother, a professor of English.” She was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and grew up in Lincoln Heights, an all-black suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. She studied at Fisk University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia University. She published her first book of poetry, Black Feeling Black Talk, in 1968, and since then has become one of America’s most widely read poets.