ISBN# 978-0-06-072429-0
November 2006
HarperCollins Publishers
10 East 53rd Street, New York, New York 10022
Price: $15.95 U.S./$19.95 Canada
496 Pages
Rating: 5 Cups

Often a collection of poetry will warm the heart and create a stimulation that allows one to open up and feel serenity all over. Beautiful poetry illuminates so many facets in life that one finds themselves mesmerized by what the author instills. Many poems stem from testimonies or just simple words that the reader uses to cleanse the heart and touch the soul. Thus is the situation in The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni.

These poems are spliced so spiritually and lovely, that the reader is captivated by every word sketched on the page. Life cycles, singing, children and family, to name a few, all have a way to find a way into a song of poetry that gives one thought as the poet’s verse carries one into a bliss of complete luxury. Each detailed piece of art brings on introductions and simple words that make harmony and song to the reader.

The collection that unfolds throughout the pages almost tells a visual story, by collectively taking the authors unambiguous voice and sending a beautiful message for all to hear. Her words touch upon subjects of days gone by, with a remembrance of events that should not be forgotten. Lovely song and verse that children of today should open and read and experience the voices of yesterday speak boldly. One can almost feel the stab of soft pain that is often depicted in the poems that release a torch of things that have made a vocal point in so many lives.

The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni balances in a way that the reader feels the true sensations of Ms. Giovanni. One does not have to be a huge fan not to open up her words and be engaged by her delights. She uses the strength of her voice to reach to the Black female, to women and to just folks in general, anything that will transpire a note that brings dedication and homage to those that have brought insight to her life. She does not forget any that have dedicated their life to make the world a better place in which to live. Ms. Giovanni’s talent expresses in-depth sensations that give the author much thought.

Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance
Reviewer for Karen Find Out About New Books



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