On Sale: October 24, 2017
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One of America’s most celebrated poets looks inward in
this powerful collection, a rumination on her life and
the people who have shaped her.
The poetry of Nikki Giovanni has spurred movements,
turned hearts and informed generations. She’s been hailed
as a firebrand, a radical, a healer, and a sage; a wise
and courageous voice who has spoken out on the sensitive
issues, including race and gender, that touch our
As energetic and relevant as ever, Nikki now offers us an
intimate, affecting, and illuminating look at her
personal history and the mysteries of her own heart. In A
Good Cry, she takes us into her confidence, describing
the joy and peril of aging and recalling the violence
that permeated her parents’ marriage and her early life.
She pays homage to the people who have given her life
meaning and joy: her grandparents, who took her in and
saved her life; the poets and thinkers who have
influenced her; and the students who have surrounded her.
Nikki also celebrates her good friend, Maya Angelou, and
the many years of friendship, poetry, and kitchen-table
laughter they shared before Angelou’s death in 2014.
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