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Harper Collins, Jul 8, 2008 - Poetry - 144 pages
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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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User Review  - Ogreart Art - Goodreads

Nikki Giovanni is one of my favorite contemporary poets. Her voice is strong and proud. Some of the poems are fun, some tender, and all come from her heart and her life. I enjoyed this book a great deal. Read full review

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User 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

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Nikki Giovanni, poet, activist, mother, and professor, is a seven-time NAACP Image Award winner and the first recipient of the Rosa Parks Woman of Courage Award, and holds the Langston Hughes Medal for Outstanding Poetry, among many other honors. The author of twenty-eight books and a Grammy nominee for The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection, she is the University Distinguished Professor of English at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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