In a career that has earned her accolades, honorary degrees, and awards from both fellow poets and everyday poetry lovers, Nikki Giovanni has established herself as a writer who can entertain and challenge, inform and inspire. Sometimes controversial, sometimes ethereal, but always beautiful, her poems move readers of all hues and generations.
With Bicycles, she's collected poems that serve as a companion to her 1997 Love Poems. An instant classic, that book—romantic, bold, and erotic—expressed notions of love in ways that were delightfully unexpected. In the years that followed, Giovanni experienced losses both public and private. A mother's passing, a sister's, too. A massacre on the campus at which she teaches. And just when it seemed life was spinning out of control, Giovanni redis-covered love—what she calls the antidote. Here romantic love—and all its manifestations, the physical touch, the emotional pull, the hungry heart—is distilled as never before by one of our most talented poets.
Blacksburg under siege: 21 August 2006 -- In simpler times -- If only -- Field notes -- Migrations -- I am jazz -- Shoe jazz blue jazz -- 3rd rail -- I am confused -- My new car -- Dinner at nine -- My muse -- I am glass -- No heaven -- Alehemical -- Your shower -- Good night -- My sleep -- Bicycles -- I like the dance -- I would not be different -- Give it a go? -- Another day (revisited) -- Christmas laughter -- I want a shoe -- Drunken phone call -- Substitute for you -- I know the song -- I am a mirror -- Everything good is simple -- Deal or no deal -- I provide -- Gray clouds hover -- I am the ocean -- I clean -- So enchanted with you -- How to save the world -- Free Huey -- My beer -- They think -- Why don't you love me -- First chair -- Friends and lovers -- Love (and the meaning of love) -- Flight delay -- Travelers -- Trash pans -- Letting the air out -- Fame -- Duets -- Boiled blues -- Love Luther -- Song for you -- Friends in love -- No translations -- Twirling -- Good books -- Got a minute (to fall in love?) -- Where do you enter -- Tourism -- Scenic route -- Tree line -- Artist -- Fish out of water -- We are Virginia Tech.