Make Me Rain: Poems & Prose
Whether it's personal or political, we need Nikki Giovanni's beautiful and poetic voice. The poems and prose in Make Me Rain are sometimes dedicated to friends, family or her literary peers. But in each one of them, we can hear her speaking to us, making the "big" in life easier to understand, putting us shoulder to shoulder with giants (our mothers, our friends, strangers) and letting us know she is here to embolden us. We dare you to read "Vote" and not do so. Keep the poem in your pocket this fall. It will take you far.
For more than fifty years, Nikki Giovanni’s poetry has dazzled and inspired readers. As sharp and outspoken as ever, she returns with this profound book of poetry in which she continues to call attention to injustice and racism, celebrate Black culture and Black lives, and give readers an unfiltered look into her own experiences.
In Make Me Rain, she celebrates her loved ones and unapologetically declares her pride in her Black heritage, while exploring the enduring impact of the twin sins of racism and white nationalism. Giovanni reaffirms her place as a uniquely vibrant and relevant American voice with poems such as “I Come from Athletes” and “Rainy Days”—calling out segregation and Donald Trump; as well as “Unloved (for Aunt Cleota)” and “When I Could No Longer”—her personal elegy for the relatives who saved her from an abusive home life.
Stirring, provocative, and resonant, the poems in Make Me Rain pierce the heart and nourish the soul.
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- About the Author
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Date: 09-28-2021
Product Dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Nikki Giovanni, poet, activist, mother, and professor, is a seven-time NAACP Image Award winner and the first recipient of the Rosa Parks Woman of Courage Award, and holds the Langston Hughes Medal for Outstanding Poetry, among many other honors. The author of twenty-eight books and a Grammy nominee for The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection, she is the University Distinguished Professor of English at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.