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Quilting the black-eyed pea : poems and not quite poems

Author: Nikki Giovanni
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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A collection of 50 new poems, sketches, and meditations charts new territory, including popular culture and life in America, the poet's own battle with illness, relationships between mothers and their children, legendary historical figures, the South, the recent terrorist attacks, and Giovanni's own childhood. When Nikki Giovanni's poems first emerged during the Civil Rights and Black Arts Movements of the 1960s,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Poetry
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nikki Giovanni
ISBN: 0060099526 9780060099527
OCLC Number: 49531396
Description: xii, 110 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Quilting the black-eyed pea --
Possum crossing --
A robin's nest in snow --
The wind in the bottle --
Rosa Parks --
What we miss --
In the spirit of Martin --
BLK History month --
Shoulders are for emergencies only --
I always think of meatloaf --
Symphony of the sphinx --
Cal Johnson Park in Knoxville, Tennessee --
Aunt Daughter and that glorious song --
Blackberry cobbler --
The son of the sun --
No complaints --
Here's to Gwen --
The train to Knoxville --
Twenty reasons to love Richard Williams --
Another Aretha poem --
Ann's poem --
A community of clouds --
Swinging on a rainbow --
For Tony and Betty --
Word olympics --
Desperate acts --
9:11:01 He blew it --
The self-evident poem --
Have dinner with me --
My America --
The girls in the circle --
The meadow throws a birthday party --
A very special Christmas --
Bring on the bombs --
Making James Baldwin --
Beamer ball --
Susan Smith --
Emerson Edward Rudd --
Art sanctuary --
Sanctuary: for Harry Potter and the movie --
From whence cometh my help --
A miracle for me --
A deer in headlights --
The Nashville connection --
Redfish, eels, and Heidi --
In praise of a teacher --
Don't think --
The song of the feet.
Responsibility: Nikki Giovanni.
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A collection of 50 new poems, sketches, and meditations charts new territory, including popular culture and life in America, the poet's own battle with illness, relationships between mothers and their children, legendary historical figures, the South, the recent terrorist attacks, and Giovanni's own childhood. When Nikki Giovanni's poems first emerged during the Civil Rights and Black Arts Movements of the 1960s, she immediately took a place among the most celebrated and influential poets of the era. Now, Giovanni continues to stand as one of the most commanding, luminous voices to grace America's political and poetic landscape. When Nikki Giovanni's poems first emerged during the Civil Rights and Black Arts Movements of the 1960s, she immediately took a place among the most celebrated and influential poets of the era. Now, Giovanni continues to stand as one of the most commanding, luminous voices to grace America's political and poetic landscape. In a career spanning over thirty years, Giovanni has created a body of work that's become vital and essential to our American consciousness. This collection of new poems is a masterpiece that explores the ecstatic union between self and community. Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea is an extraordinarily intimate collection. Each poem bears our revered cultural icon's trademark of the unfalteringly political and the intensely personal: The elegant "What We Miss" exalts the might and grace of women, while "Swinging on a Rainbow" rejoices about the spaces in which we read. Giovanni commemorates Africa and her family legacy in the majestic "Symphony of the Sphinx" and contemplates our America in the heartbreaking "Desperate Acts" and "9:11:01 He Blew It." And in the dreamy "Making James Baldwin" and dazzling "Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea," Giovanni gives us reason to comfort, to share, to love, to change and to be human. Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea is Nikki Giovanni's meditation on humanity and soul. It's her revelatory gaze at the world in which we live -- and her confession on the world she dreams we will one day call home. Nikki Giovanni is a national treasure as she once again confirms her place as one of America's most powerful truth tellers and beloved daughters.

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