March 2009 Indie Next List
“A new book of poetry by my favorite contemporary poet is immediately cause for celebration. Her strong clear voice shines on every page. A fantastic collection!”
— Michael Burns, Howard's Bookstore, Bloomington, IN
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 bookromantic, bold, and eroticexpressed 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, and a massacre on the campus where she teaches. Yet just when it seemed life was spinning out of control, Giovanni rediscovered lovewhat she calls the antidote. Here romantic loveand all its manifestations, the physical touch, the emotional pull, the hungry heartis distilled as never before by one of our most talented poets.
About the Author
Nikki Giovanni has written many books of poetry for children and adults. She is the author of "Rosa", a Caldecott Honor book, "Lincoln and Douglass", "The Genie in the Jar", and "Ego-tripping and Other Poems for Young People". Giovanni calls herself, "a Black American, a daughter, a mother, a professor of English." She was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and grew up in Lincoln Heights, an all-black suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. She studied at Fisk University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia University. She published her first book of poetry, "Black Feeling Black Talk", in 1968, and since then has become one of America's most widely read poets. Oprah Winfrey named her as one of her twenty-five "Living Legends." Her autobiography "Gemini" was a finalist for the National Book Award, and several of her books have received NAACP Image Awards. She has received some twenty-five honorary degrees, been named Woman of the Year by "Mademoiselle Magazine", "The Ladies Home Journal" and "Ebony", was the first recipient of the Rosa L. Parks Woman of Courage Award, and has been awarded the Langston Hughes Medal for poetry. Nikki Giovanni lives in Christiansburg, Virginia, where she is a professor of English at Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
“Easily one of [Giovanni’s] most powerful offerings to date.”
“Bicycles is powered as much by Giovanni’s warmth and authenticity as by her words.”
-Christian Science Monitor