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Conversations with Nikki Giovanni

Author: Nikki Giovanni; Virginia C Fowler
Publisher: Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, ©1992.
Series: Literary conversations series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Out of this collection of twenty-two interviews spanning two decades rises the distinctive voice of "the princess of black poetry." Nikki Giovanni entered the literary world at the height of the Black Arts Movement and quickly achieved not simple fame but stardom, a phenomenon almost unprecedented for a poet. Her first two volumes of poetry, Black Feeling, Black Talk and Black Judgement, gave expression to the
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Genre/Form: Interviews
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Named Person: Nikki Giovanni; Nikki Giovanni; Nikki Giovanni; Nikki Giovanni; Nikki Giovanni; Nikki Giovanni
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nikki Giovanni; Virginia C Fowler
ISBN: 087805586X 9780878055869 0878055878 9780878055876
OCLC Number: 26396500
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xxii, 220 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: The Poet and Black Realities / Charles Hobson and Sheila Smith --
Nikki Giovanni: On Race, Age, & Sex / The Black Collegian --
Poet to Poet / Nikki Giovanni and Yevgeny Yevtushenko --
"I Am Black, Female, Polite ..." / Peter Bailey --
Black Rebel with Power in Poetry / M. Cordell Thompson --
Nikki Giovanni: "Vision and Space" / Angela Terrell --
Fascinating Woman / Lorraine Dusky --
Nikki Giovanni's Poems Radiate Black Pride, Woman Pride / Diana Loercher --
"If Revolution Kills Old Women, Then I Don't Want the Revolution" / Lynn Litterine --
Excerpt from A Dialogue / James Baldwin and Nikki Giovanni --
Violence and the Decision to Respond / Nikki Giovanni and Margaret Walker --
Nikki / Frederick D. Murphy --
"My House": Nikki Giovanni / Stephanie J. Stokes --
A MELUS Interview: Nikki Giovanni / Arlene Elder --
Conversations with Nikki Giovanni / Claudia Tate --
USA's Black Leaders Have Let Blacks Down / Barbara Reynolds --
An Interview with Nikki Giovanni / Barbara Hill Rigney --
The Poet from Lincoln Heights Is No Stranger to Controversy / Michael A. Tucker --
A Word on Words / John Seigenthaler --
Writing as Breathing: Nikki Giovanni / Lois Rosenthal --
Public Radio Book Show: Nikki Giovanni / Tom Smith --
Interview with Nikki Giovanni / Virginia C. Fowler.
Series Title: Literary conversations series.
Responsibility: edited by Virginia C. Fowler.

Abstract:

Out of this collection of twenty-two interviews spanning two decades rises the distinctive voice of "the princess of black poetry." Nikki Giovanni entered the literary world at the height of the Black Arts Movement and quickly achieved not simple fame but stardom, a phenomenon almost unprecedented for a poet. Her first two volumes of poetry, Black Feeling, Black Talk and Black Judgement, gave expression to the thoughts and feelings of a generation of young.

African-Americans and established Giovanni, in the minds of many, as a "revolutionary," even militant, poet. The image was not altogether accurate, yet it became the gauge by which her later work was assessed. In these conversations with Giovanni the reader can follow the evolution of her distinctive voice and the sensibility of the poet's mind. She chooses her words carefully, while giving an impression of spontaneity and even of glibness. Included here is an excerpt.

From her conversation with James Baldwin, an interview that first aired on the television program Soul!, later published as A Dialogue. Also included is an excerpt from A Poetic Equation, her lengthy talk with the poet Margaret Walker. In this exchange of ideas and opinions with Walker a young poet new to the literary world assumes the role of spokesperson for a generation.

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