From considered one of America’s so much celebrated poets, Nikki Giovanni, comes this poignant number of poetry that celebrates the straightforward pleasures of way of life and the bonds we percentage with these closest to us.

“This narrow quantity delights on each web page. There are tales, imaginings, whimsy, and startling photos which end up the poet’s strength and her command of language . . . someone with a love of language could be overjoyed with this publication and the continued e-book of America’s valuable poet.”—San Francisco e-book Review

The poetry of Nikki Giovanni has spurred pursuits and encouraged songs, grew to become hearts and trained generations. She's been hailed as a healer and as a countrywide treasure. yet Giovanni's middle is living within the daily, the place relations and enthusiasts assemble, buddies commune, and people not with us are remembered. And at each accumulating there's food—food as sustenance, nutrients as aphrodisiac, foodstuff as reminiscence. A pot of beans is flavored along with her mother's sighs—this sigh half cardamom, that one the essence of clove; a lover requests a ceremonial dinner as an confirmation of ongoing ardour; homage is paid to the main commonly used appetizer: soup.

With Chasing Utopia, Giovanni calls for that the prosaic—flowers, birdsong, winter—be noticeable as poetic, and reaffirms once more why she is as full of life, "remarkable" (Gwendolyn Brooks), "wonderful" (Marian Wright Edelman),"outspoken, prolific, lively" (New York Times), and proper as ever.

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