The Collected Poems of Nikki Giovanni
The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni includes '60s movement poetry as well as odes to artists, dusty porches and the blues. Giovanni's melodic poetry -- sometimes smooth, sometimes skittish -- is always adventurous. She is an authoritative poet who is unafraid to marry cultural sentiment with her art.
My favorite Giovanni poems challenge the reader to consider the implications of choice in our lives:
if I can't doShe builds a wall between herself and petty excuses not to live on her own terms. The Collected Poems of Nikki Giovanni just might be the perfect way to feel emboldened throughout your day.
what I want to do
then my job is to not
do what I don't want