Nikki Giovanni

June 7, 1943
Knoxville, Tennessee

Nikki Giovanni also know as Yolanda Cornelia was born in Knoxville,Tennessee and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She got into Frisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. She worked with the school's  writer's work shop. She also edited the literary magazine.

I think Nikki Giovanni has released more books than poems but it might be that I could not find a lot. Here are some of the books that she wrote blues for all the changes. Here are also some of the poetry that she wrote Bicycles which is a  love poem. She is also currently a professor of English.

Possum Crossing

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

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

We need a sign POSSUM CROSSING to warn coffee-gurgling neighbors: we share the streets with more than trucks and vans and railroad crossings

All birds being the living kin of dinosaurs think themselves invincible and pay no heed to the rolling wheels while they dine on an unlucky rabbit

I hit brakes for the flutter of the lights hoping it's not a deer or a skunk or a groundhog coffee splashes over the cup which I quickly put away from me and into the empty passenger seat I look . . . relieved and exasperated ... to discover I have just missed a big wet leaf struggling . . . to lift itself into the wind and live

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