Acolytes (Google eBook)
A collection of eighty all new poems, Acolytes is distinctly Nikki Giovanni, but different. Not softened, but more inspired by love, celebration, memories and even nostalgia. She aims her intimate and sparing words at family and friends, the deaths of heroes and friends, favorite meals and candy, nature, libraries, and theatre. But in between, the deep and edgy conscience that has defined her for decades shines through when she writes about Rosa Parks, hurricane Katrina, and Emmett Till's disappearance, leaving no doubt that Nikki has not traded one approach for another, but simply made room for both.
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Review: AcolytesUser Review - Martha Earl - Goodreads
This is one of my favorites by Nikki. The post Virginia Tech shooting poem really captures things unspoken, or spoken and ignored. I love the happy poems, too. A wise woman inviting us to savor friends and hold together in loss. She also has a poem for her librarian as a child. Read full review
Review: AcolytesUser Review - Christina - Goodreads
Before meeting the great Nikki Giovanni at the Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth, I prepared by reading a lot of her books of poetry. Fascinating stuff; this one ... Read full review