From Nikki Giovanni, one of America’s most celebrated poets, comes this powerful collection that is a rumination on her life and the people who have shaped her. Poet, firebrand, mother, radical, healer, and sage, Nikki Giovanni has always been celebrated for her inspired and courageous voice. For decades, she has spoken out on the sensitive issues—race and gender, violence and inequality—that touch our national consciousness.As energetic and insightful as ever, Nikki now offers us an intimate and affecting look at her personal history and the hidden corners 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 childhood. She pays homage to the people who have given her life meaning and delight: 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.An essential work for our times and a moving chronicle of an artist’s life, A Good Cry is another classic from the prolific and perennially relevant Nikki Giovanni.