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Quilting the black-eyed pea [electronic resource] : poems and not quite poems /
Nikki Giovanni.
1st ed.
New York : William Morrow, c2002.
xii, 110 p. ; 25 cm.
0060099526 (alk. paper)
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New York : William Morrow, c2002.
0060099526 (alk. paper)
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Possum Crossing

Backing out the driveway]BRK the car lights cast an eerie glow]BRK in the morning fog centering]BRK on movement in the rain slick street]BRK

Hitting brakes I anticipate a squirrel or a cat or sometimes]BRK a little raccoon]BRK I once braked for a blind little mole who try though he did]BRK could not escape the cat toying with his life]BRK Mother-to-be possum occasionally lopes home ... being]BRK naturally ... slow her condition makes her even more ginger]BRK

We need a sign POSSUM CROSSING to warn coffee-gurgling]BRK neighbors:]BRK we share the streets with more than trucks and vans and]BRK railroad crossings]BRK All birds being the living kin of dinosaurs]BRK think themselves invincible and pay no heed]BRK to the rolling wheels while they dine]BRK on an unlucky rabbit]BRK

I hit brakes for the flutter of the lights hoping it's not a deer]BRK or a skunk or a groundhog]BRK coffee splashes over the cup which I quickly put away from me]BRK and into the empty passenger seat]BRK I look ...]BRK

relieved and exasperated...]BRK to discover I have just missed a big wet leaf]BRK struggling ... to lift itself into the wind]BRK and live.]BRK

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Appeared in Library Journal on 2002-11-01:
Spokeswoman for the black experience, Giovanni observes that "the only disadvantage of air conditioning is that it is no longer possible to go/ to the local library and hear the birds sing." But she still sings in the 50 poems, sketches, and meditations collected here. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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'œAn embracing, uplifting, and sustaining voice.'
"An embracing, uplifting, and sustaining voice."
'œOne of her best collections to date.'
"One of her best collections to date."
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Main Description
A resonant, powerful collection from one of America's preeminent poets. In "Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea," Nikki Giovanni turns her pen to nature and the environment, the might and grace of women, her battle with cancer, the relationships between mothers and daughters, the state of the nation, and more.
Main Description
When Nikki Giovanni's poems first emerged during the Civil Rights and Black Arts Movements of the 1960s, she immediately took a place among the most celebrated and influential poets of the era. Now, Giovanni continues to stand as one of the most commanding, luminous voices to grace America's political and poetic landscape. In a career spanning over thirty years, Giovanni has created a body of work that's become vital and essential to our American consciousness. This collection of new poems is a masterpiece that explores the ecstatic union between self and community. Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea is an extraordinarily intimate collection. Each poem bears our revered cultural icon's trademark of the unfalteringly political and the intensely personal: The elegant "What We Miss" exalts the might and grace of women, while "Swinging on a Rainbow" rejoices about the spaces in which we read; Giovanni commemorates Africa and her family legacy in the majestic "Symphony of the Sphinx" and contemplates our America in the heartbreaking "Desperate Acts" and "9:11:01 He Blew It." And in the dreamy "Making James Baldwin" and dazzling "Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea," Giovanni gives us reason to comfort, to share, to love, to change and to be human. Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea is Nikki Giovanni's meditation on humanity and soul. It's her revelatory gaze at the world in which we live -- and her confession on the world she dreams we will one day call home. Nikki Giovanni is a national treasure as she once again confirms her place as one of America's most powerful truth tellers and beloved daughters.
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A collection of 50 new poems, sketches, and meditations charts new territory, including popular culture and life in America, the poet's own battle with illness, relationships between mothers and their children, legendary historical figures, the South, the recent terrorist attacks, and Giovanni's own childhood.
Table of Contents
Quilting the Black-Eyed Peap. 1
Possum Crossingp. 5
A Robin's Nest in Snowp. 6
The Wind in the Bottlep. 7
Rosa Parksp. 8
What We Missp. 10
In the Spirit of Martinp. 12
BLK History Monthp. 14
Shoulders Are For Emergencies Onlyp. 15
I Always Think of Meatloafp. 16
Symphony of the Sphinxp. 19
Cal Johnson Park in Knoxville, Tennesseep. 21
Aunt Daughter and That Glorious Songp. 22
Blackberry Cobblerp. 25
The Son of the Sunp. 26
No Complaintsp. 28
Here's to Gwenp. 30
The train to Knoxvillep. 32
Twenty Reasons to Love Richard Williamsp. 34
Another Aretha Poemp. 36
Ann's Poemp. 38
A Community of Cloudsp. 39
Swinging on a Rainbowp. 40
For Tony and Bettyp. 41
Word Olympicsp. 42
Desperate Actsp. 45
9:11:01 He Blew Itp. 46
The Self-Evident Poemp. 50
Have Dinner with Mep. 51
My Americap. 53
The Girls in the Circlep. 57
The Meadow Throws A Birthday Partyp. 58
A Very Special Christmasp. 60
Bring On The Bombsp. 65
Making James Baldwinp. 73
Beamer Ballp. 77
Susan Smithp. 80
Emerson Edward Ruddp. 82
Art Sanctuaryp. 87
Sanctuary: For Harry Potter the Moviep. 88
From Whence Cometh My Helpp. 91
A Miracle for Mep. 93
A Deer in Headlightsp. 95
The Nashville Connectionp. 102
Redfish, Eels, and Heidip. 105
In Praise of a Teacherp. 108
Don't Thinkp. 109
The Song of the Feetp. 110
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