Nikki Giovanni

(June 7, 1943 / Knoxville, Tennessee)

Nikki Giovanni Poems

1. A Historical Footnote to Consider Only When All Else Fails 5/24/2016
2. Resignation 5/24/2016
3. Rain 5/24/2016
4. Crutches 5/24/2016
5. A Poem on the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy 5/24/2016
6. The Laws of Motion 5/24/2016
7. Poem For A Lady Whose Voice I Like 5/24/2016
8. Life Cycles 5/24/2016
9. Mothers 5/24/2016
10. All I Gotta Do 5/24/2016
11. You Came, Too 5/24/2016
12. They Clapped 5/24/2016
13. The Laws of Motion 7/4/2015
14. Always There Are The Children 8/13/2015
15. A Journey 5/24/2016
16. Dreams 5/24/2016
17. Knoxville, Tennessee 5/24/2016
18. Sky Diving 5/24/2016
19. For Saundra 5/24/2016
20. Winter Poem 10/20/2015
21. Walking Down Park 5/24/2016
22. When I Die 5/24/2016
23. The Great Pax Whitie 5/24/2016
24. Beautiful Black Men 7/3/2015
25. Possum Crossing 6/2/2015
26. Ego Tripping 5/24/2016
27. Poetry 5/24/2016
28. Legacies 5/24/2016
29. My First Memory ( Of Librarians ) 2/26/2014
30. Seduction 5/24/2016
31. Habits 5/24/2016
32. Cotton Candy On A Rainy Day 12/13/2013
33. Nikki-Rosa 12/10/2013
34. A Summer Love Poem 12/10/2013
35. I'M Not Lonely 12/10/2013
36. Love Is 12/10/2013
37. And I Have You 12/10/2013
38. A Poem Of Friendship 12/10/2013
39. Choices 12/10/2013
40. I Wrote A Good Omelet 12/13/2013

Comments about Nikki Giovanni

  • Asiah Brewster (3/20/2018 10:43:00 AM)

    In my wv history I have to research you along with some other people. One poem that makes me want to read more of them is A Summer Love Poem. it makes me wonder if what i do is right or wrong. if who i love is just a friendship that i know may know may not last but want it to. and if i should rethink what i have done before.

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  • miracle (1/31/2018 4:45:00 PM)

    i now know you nikki giovanni

  • madison miksil (1/24/2018 8:47:00 AM)

    i hate u world lol i am just playing with u guys i love nikki giovanni

  • Aaron Rodgers (1/22/2018 4:58:00 PM)

    I am a foot ball plater

  • Sandra N Sneed Sandra N Sneed (10/15/2017 3:13:00 PM)

    Nikki Giovanni is my favorite poet and my inspiration for writing poetry.

  • Bobbie Peppers (4/22/2014 8:26:00 AM)

    I like this poem because of it shows passion and future of love. You say that you love someone but then again you know for a fact that it's true for love of the peace and show respect.......or you not fortution.

  • Caroline Bulleck Caroline Bulleck (7/25/2012 6:06:00 PM)

    Has anyone ever read Poetry by Nikki Giovanni? If not, here it is:
    Poetry is motion graceful
    as a fawn
    gentle as a teardrop
    strong like the eye
    finding peace in a crowded room
    we poets tend to think
    our words are golden
    though emotion speaks too
    loudly to be defined
    by silence
    sometimes after midnight or just before
    the dawn
    we sit typewriter in hand
    pulling loneliness around us
    forgetting our lovers or children
    who are sleeping
    ignoring the weary wariness
    of our own logic
    to compose a poem
    no one understands it
    it never says love me for poets are
    beyond love
    it never says accept me for poems seek not
    acceptance but controversy
    it only says i am and therefore
    i concede that you are too
    a poem is pure energy
    horizontally contained
    between the mind
    of the poet and the ear of the reader
    if it does not sing discard the ear
    for poetry is song
    if it does not delight discard
    the heart for poetry is joy
    if it does not inform then close
    off the brain for it is dead
    if it cannot heed the insistent message
    that life is precious
    which is all we poets
    wrapped in our loneliness
    are trying to say

Best Poem of Nikki Giovanni

Knoxville Tennessee

I always like summer
you can eat fresh corn
From daddy's garden
And okra
And greens
And cabbage
And lots of
And buttermilk
And homemade ice-cream
At the church picnic
And listen to
Gospel music
At the church
And go to the mountains with
Your grandmother
And go barefooted
And be warm
All the time
Not only when you go to bed
And sleep

Read the full of Knoxville Tennessee


In life
one is always

like we juggle our mothers
against our fathers

or one teacher
against another

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