Nikki Giovanni

(June 7, 1943 / Knoxville, Tennessee)

Nikki Giovanni Poems

41. Kidnap Poem 12/10/2013
42. Balances 7/19/2006
43. Knoxville Tennessee 11/3/2003

Comments about Nikki Giovanni

  • Mary Keckler (4/21/2007 1:48:00 AM)

    Wow. Congratulations A. MacDonald you are now the poster boy/girl for the 'it is not my fault club'. He was 23, he had a brain, he was an adult. Everyone did what they could for him. Many people have horrendous childhoods, have many bad things that happen (and that they imagine happen) to them - some of them commit suicide - very few of them take people with them. How about we just balme it on him and quit dragging well meaning folks who did all they could through the mud?

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  • Kristine Gartner (4/20/2007 5:16:00 PM)

    As to the person who stated that all professionals had not helped this gentlemen. It is now the job of teachers to also stop the hate in people? It is he, himself, who failed the world. He is responsible for decisions and in the eyes of most of us, is a coward.

  • K Baxter (4/19/2007 12:18:00 AM)

    are you joking? youre ridiculous. did you miss the part where people tried to talk to him and tried to help him, but he barely even spoke a word to them, even when he was spoken to? did you miss the part where he was referred to counseling, to police, to administration? giovanni is an intelligent, caring, warm hearted individual. what would you have liked her to say? ''i ache for this this poor, poor child...'' this child failed HIMSELF and while he was at it, he took 32 innocent people with him. 'boys reaching out for help' dont laugh maniacally while they shoot fellow college students execution style with automatic weapons. they do not send numerous disturbing photos and videos of themselves with weapons and angry faces, discussing how their proceeding act of murder is 'not their fault at all' but the fault of everyone else, 'they chose it, they deserve it. theyll get whats coming to them.' this wasnt a young man reaching out for help, this was a very disturbed, vicious, and immature little boy who wanted to 'get even' with 'rich kids' that he hated for no reason. was he troubled? obviously, YES! this is not an excuse for his horrifying actions and it is NO reason for professors and faculty members to feel sorry for him or feel guilty. he ripped apart a university family. he ruined lives, families, relationships... i have NO pity for this cold blooded murderer. i feel a very deep sorrow for the innocent people that he took with him in his suicide mission and i feel sorry for the family that he embarrassed.

  • A Macdonald (4/18/2007 9:03:00 PM)

    Nikki Giovanni's comments concerning the Vtech shootings should put her out of work. Her lack of maturity, sensitivity or humanity should prove to warrant some disciplinary action. Ms. Giovanni, this is a boy who was literally crying out for help on so many occasions. Every 'professional' who had dealings with this young man has FAILED him including YOU.

Best Poem of Nikki Giovanni

Knoxville Tennessee

I always like summer
Best
you can eat fresh corn
From daddy's garden
And okra
And greens
And cabbage
And lots of
Barbeque
And buttermilk
And homemade ice-cream
At the church picnic
And listen to
Gospel music
Outside
At the church
Homecoming
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

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Kidnap Poem

Ever been kidnapped
by a poet
if i were a poet
i'd kidnap you
put you in my phrases and meter
You to jones beach
or maybe coney island
or maybe just to my house
lyric you in lilacs

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