Nikki Giovanni

(June 7, 1943 / Knoxville, Tennessee)

My First Memory ( Of Librarians ) - Poem by Nikki Giovanni

This is my first memory:
A big room with heavy wooden tables that sat on a creaky
wood floor
A line of green shades—bankers' lights—down the center
Heavy oak chairs that were too low or maybe I was simply
too short
For me to sit in and read
So my first book was always big
In the foyer up four steps a semi-circle desk presided
To the left side the card catalogue
On the right newspapers draped over what looked like
a quilt rack
Magazines face out from the wall
The welcoming smile of my librarian
The anticipation in my heart
All those books—another world—just waiting
At my fingertips.

Comments about My First Memory ( Of Librarians ) by Nikki Giovanni

  • Rookie - 0 Points Demetra Theotikos (5/3/2014 7:46:00 PM)

    If you have ever read the book Words With Wings by Nikki Grimes, then you will know what I am talking about. In the book (this is written in free verse poetry) a lot of the poems in there are kind of memory poems. Yours sounded just like a professional author. Keep up the good work! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Poem Edited: Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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