A Good Cry: What We Learn From Tears And Laughter

Hardcover | October 24, 2017

byNikki Giovanni

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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 national consciousness.

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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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 s...

Poet, activist, mother, and professor Nikki Giovanni is the acclaimed, award-winning author of twenty-seven books, including the seminal Black Feeling Black Talk/Black Judgment. She is University Distinguished Professor/English at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, and continues to read her work all across the country.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:96 pages, 7 × 5.5 × 0.49 inPublished:October 24, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062399454

ISBN - 13:9780062399458

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“Nikki Giovanni is one of our national treasures. For decades she has offered her wit and wisdom, her bruising honesty, and, above all, her unbounded love through these poems as a healing for herself, her community, and her country.”