Blues: For All the Changes: New Poems
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Intimate, edgy, and unapologetic, Blues: For All the Changes bears the mark of Nikki Giovanni's unmistakable voice.In a career that has spanned three decades, Giovanni has created an indispensable body of work and earned a place amoung the nation's most celebrated and controversial poets; Gloria Naylor calls her "one of our national treasures." Now, in these fifty-two new poems, Giovanni brings the passion, fearless wit, and intensely personal self that have defined her life's work to a new front.
Invoking the fates and exalting the rhythm of the everyday, Giovanni writes with might and majesty. From the environment to our reliance on manners, from sex and politics to love among Black folk, Blues is a masterwork with poems for every soul and every mood: The poignant "Stealing Home" pays tribute to Jackie Robinson, while "Road Rage Blues" jams on time and space; Giovanni celebrates love's absolut power in "Train Rides" and laments life's trasience in "Me and Mrs. Robin." With the tenderness that has made her on of our most accessible and beloved poets, Giovanni evokes a world that is not only just but also happy. Her powerful stand engages the world with a truth telling that is as eloquent as it is elegant.
Intimate, edgy, and unapologetic, Blues For All the Changes bears the mark of Nikki Giovanni's unmistakable voice. At once political and intensely personal, this long-awaited volume embodies the fearless passion and wit that have made Nikki Giovanni one of our most accessible poets; her audience defies all boundaries of race, class, age, and style.
From the poignant "Stealing Home," Ms. Giovanni's tribute to Jackie Robinson, to the defiant "Road Rage Blues," a jam on time and space, these fifty-one poems challenge the fates and invoke the precarious state of our environment, Giovanni's battle with illness, manners, and other topics seminal to one of our most compassionate, outspoken observers.
With a reverence for the power of language, Blues For All the Changes will once again enchant Nikki Giovanni's extensive following and inspire those who are newly discovering her work.
Tripp…but since you feel that time is a suggestion and not in any way shape or form an absolute…one hour and fifteen minutes is the outside not the envelope and you…after all…remember very well when Myrlie Evers-Williams came to speak at Rotary and asked: What do they mean one hour? and was told: In one hour everyone will walk out whether you are finished or not…so the one hour should be…or less…because no matter who you are and what you are saying the next session…meeting…thing…happens and
you are afraid you take the box and place it in a hollow log in the meadow because even though you don’t want to kill her and even though you are a mother and understand why she did not run because you wouldn’t have left your baby you know you cannot live with mother mouse though of course now that you have paid to put the soil under the porch you understand you have put a sign out: MICE WELCOME and this poem recognizes that so when you find yourself on the first day of fall which is not
rested because it’s incredible how tired you get when the upper lobe of your left lung has been removed and even though Ginney said I didn’t have to come to the table I remembered all the old folk I knew who get up and get dressed and come to the table and I thought I should be at least as brave as they so instead of breakfast I had a sort of brunch but the reward for my getting up was that I could afternoon in the living room and watch the birds and they sang to me and I waved back so you can
know you’ll take the next step to that glorious plane A Blackbird on My Knee I’m Windex without a window Drano without the sludge I’m wax without hardwood Mean without a grudge I’m a poem without rhyme A clock without time A rabbit on crutches A meat-eating deer Without you around one thing is clear I’m horse with no kick A bee with no sting My hair won’t plait My bell can’t ring I’m a quilt without filling I take without stealing I’m savings without interest Stocks without
said should be put out but the developer will not and I after all am just one slightly overweight woman living with one slightly underweight woman and a small though very noisy dog so of course it is only honest of me to say yes I am afraid of Kracker’s Pipe and Excavating Company and mostly because I believe R. Kneck Kracker is a bully which means he is a coward I am afraid he will incite some harm because he does not appear to have ever been told NO in the modern day and the fact that illegal