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Acolytes Nikki Giovanni Hardcover NON-FICTION ENGLISH 9780061231315 HARPER COLLINS POETRY BOOKS
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Acolytes - Nikki Giovanni - Hardcover - NON-FICTION - ENGLISH - 9780061231315

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Summary:

A collection of eighty all new poems, ACOLYTES is distinctly Nikki Giovanni, but different. Not softened, but more inspired by love, celebration, memories and even nostalgia. She aims her intimate and sparing words at family and friends, the deaths of heroes and friends, favorite meals and candy, nature, libraries, and theatre. But in between, the deep and edgy conscience that has defined her for decades shines through when she writes about Rosa Parks, hurricane Katrina, and Emmett Till's disappearance, leaving no doubt that Nikki has not traded one approach for another, but simply made room for both.

Annotation:
A new collection of eighty poetic works by the award-winning author of Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea features intimate and spare language that shares the writer's perspectives on such subjects as her family, the deaths of heroes, and the Hurricane Katrina disaster.

Academic Level : General Adult
Academic Subject : GIOVANNI, NIKKI - POEMS & CRITICISM
Author : Nikki Giovanni
Binding : Hardcover
BISAC Subject : POETRY / American / General
Book Type : NON-FICTION
Dewey : 811/.54
Edition : 1
Geographic Designator : United States
Language : ENGLISH
LCCN : 2006049514
Pages : 131, xi, 131 p. ;
Place of Publication : United States
Publication Date : 02/01/2007
Subject Development : Poetry

Editorial Reviews
Source: Cahners
Publication: Publishers Weekly Reviews
Review:

The extraordinarily popular Giovanni got that way as a black militant during the 1970s, known for her inspirational, fiery live and recorded performances. This first volume since her 2003 Collected Poems loses the fire but keeps the inspiration: "Poetry says No to destruction and Yes to possibility," Giovanni declares. Her mix of lineated and prose poetry says yes over and over—to the glories of children and grandmothers, to "the men with hopes and dreams and talents," as well as to the memory of the African-American cultural heroes who died in the last few years. Many pages are, in effect, orations: "We will miss June Jordan. For her courage, her insight, her love of us all. We will miss this poet." Some of the strongest and most detailed works are short, not especially lyrical, pieces in prose. One remembers meeting Gwendolyn Brooks; another shows a grandmother's strong support for Virginia Tech Hokies football. Giovanni's most serious verse and prose link her own struggles—as a black woman, as a latter-day icon, as a cancer survivor, as a teacher—to the larger patterns of black American history, of striving toward freedom always: "I choose always as best I can to keep truth and compassion in my life." (Feb.)

[Page 44]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.


Source: Cahners
Publication: Library Journal Reviews - LJ Reviews 2007 January #1
Review:

Once again, Giovanni (Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea ) takes it upon herself to tell stories, in histories and memories, in eulogies and celebrations, and in poetry and prose and bits that blur genre. She remembers kindergarten and grade school, trips to the library, even her first date—with Herbert Albright: "He was so cool." She sings to praise June Jordan, Mari Evans, and Gwendolyn Brooks, on whom she wrote a seventh-grade book report and earned an A. She eulogizes Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks, and Nina Simone. She elucidates on the underground railroad, blues and jazz, and the sacred act of poetry—even providing a recipe for the "best ever midnight snack." She cries and cries out in the face of Hurricane Katrina, the cranky storm that was Marge Schott, and the sad doldrums surrounding the death of Emmett Till: "I am in the water/I cannot swim/I am brave and unafraid/The waves are not daunting." Giovanni is our conscience and our heart. "Poems are not advertisements braying/For the good life/They have serious work to do." Highly recommended for all contemporary literature collections.—Louis McKee, Painted Bride Arts Ctr., Philadelphia

[Page 113]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Table of Contents
How You Gonna Save 'Em? ist Stanza
1(44)
We Gather
2(1)
Spirit Rising
3(2)
A Prayer for Nina
5(1)
Howl (for Nina Simone)
6(2)
Sing Me Home
8(2)
The Rosa Parks
10(1)
The Seamstress of Montgomery
11(2)
The Death of Innocence
13(4)
We Go On
17(2)
The Storyteller's Silence
19(3)
Underground Railroad
22(1)
Harlem Stomp
23(3)
Creative Writing---Poetry
26(1)
Saturday Days
27(3)
Quilts
30(1)
On a Rainy Autumn Day
31(1)
I Am Now My Own Grandmother
32(1)
Criaskew's Family
33(1)
Paint Me Like I Am
34(2)
The Change of Life
36(2)
I Am in Mexico
38(2)
I Am Mighty Mouse
40(2)
Today: For Mari Evans
42(2)
After the Drowning
44(1)
How You Gonna Save 'Em? 2nd Stanza
45(49)
Tennessean by Birth
46(2)
I Am in the Water
48(2)
My Grandmother
50(2)
Remembering Gwen
52(5)
Rap-Blues' Child
57(1)
A Song for June Jordan
58(2)
Missing June Jordan
60(2)
For the Lyric Theatre
62(1)
Doors and Keys
63(4)
For Marion on Her 90th Birthday
67(1)
Brave Man Dancing
68(1)
The Antidote
69(1)
A Daughter Comes Home
70(2)
Brother Brother Brother
72(3)
Jackie Robinson Is Dead
75(2)
For Cleveland ``Pepi'' Parker 3rd
77(1)
Diamonds in the Rough
78(2)
Haiku
80(1)
Don't Hold Me Back
81(1)
The First Dream
82(1)
Letter to the Editor
83(2)
The Old Ladies Give a Party
85(1)
Hotel Rooms
86(1)
The Most Wonderful Soup in the World
87(3)
My First Memory (of Librarians)
90(1)
A Poem For My Librarian, Mrs. Long
91(2)
It's Spring
93(1)
How You Gonna Save 'Em? 3rd Stanza
94(37)
Raid This Joint
95(1)
I'm an American
96(2)
Blues for Love
98(1)
Indulge
99(2)
Serious Poems
101(2)
A Higher Level of Poetry
103(1)
American Conversation
104(1)
The Yellow Jacket
105(2)
Ten for Toni
107(1)
Drinking Snowflakes
108(1)
When Rainbows Laugh
109(2)
A Promise of Spring
111(1)
We Write
112(2)
Masks
114(2)
The Best Ever Midnight Snack
116(4)
Plenty of Horn
120(1)
The Leaves
121(1)
Sanity (To Be Continued)
122(1)
Good for Us
123(1)
First Date
124(2)
Home
126(1)
A Library
127(1)
For Summer
128(1)
Your Pillow
129(1)
I Don't Want to Love
130(1)
I Am Your Allergy
131

Excerpt

Acolytes

Poems
By Nikki Giovanni

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2007 Nikki Giovanni
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780061231315

How You Gonna Save 'Em? 1st Stanza

It's hard to save 'em
If they won't learn how to pray
Give 'em the blues
And make 'em weep all day


We Gather

An invocation for the underground railroad

We are gathered to fulfill a covenant . . . a vow made in cadence to the tramping feet carrying the weary . . . scarred . . . branded bodies harvested for the unspeakably vicious trade in slave labor

We are gathered because a sacred vow was made as these people . . . chained head to toe head to toe head to toe . . . with no room to turn . . . no privacy of body or soul . . . bereft of the comfort their Gods and languages could bring . . . allowed a curiosity . . . a wonder . . . a sense of newness . . . to give them the courage . . . to survive . . . to thrive . . . to find a new world

We are gathered in awe of the people who stood on the auction block . . . bent under the master or the lash . . . clearing land they could not claim . . . growing crops they could not share . . . birthing children they could only love in mem-ory . . . being shamed by powerlessness

We recognize it was never their shame

We gather in celebration of those who utilized the Underground Railroad . . . those who rode it and those who helped others get onboard

We flow bitter tears for those whose freedom was found at the end of a rope

We come to this moment having achieved neither restoration nor reparation but we come . . . we gather together with friends of freedom to commemorate the courageous men and women who have sacrificed their all for the uplifting of humankind . . . we find in this moment the same moon reflecting the same brilliant sun . . . the same stars dancing among the same night skies

We gather because three hundred and eighty- four years ago the "Cargo" that stepped off a Dutch Man-of-War . . . being exchanged for food and water . . . recognizing this was not a good situation which would get better anytime soon . . . still decided to live . . . and fight their battle with a glorious song . . . raised to a new God . . . in a strange land

We gather because it is the right thing to do . . . and it is to that . . . that we say . . . Amen



Continues...

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