Poetry Night w/ Nikki Giovanni: Make Me Rain
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Presented by KPFA Radio 94.1 FM with Marcus Books
Hosted by Nina Serrano
Nikki Giovanni’s poetry has inspired, enlightened, and captivated generations of readers. She is cherished by the nation and revered in the African-American community as a potent and affirming siren of culture, tradition, and the issues of our time. In MAKE ME RAIN Giovanni is as sharp and outspoken as ever, bringing profound and timely poems that call attention to injustice and give readers an unfiltered look into the more guarded regions of her heart.
In MAKE ME RAIN Giovanni 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. With this compendium she reaffirms her place as a uniquely vibrant and relevant American voice with poems such as, “I Come from Athletes,” and “Rainy Days,” which call out segregation and Donald Trump; “Unloved (for Aunt Cleota),” and “When I Could No Longer,” a personal elegy for the relatives who saved her from an abusive childhood home.
The poet recently trended on Twitter after thousands logged on to hear her chat virtually with activist Angela Davis. From the records she released in the 1970’s, to her devout tribute of a “thug life” tattoo to honor rapper Tupac Shakur, Giovanni is recognized by younger generations for her insight, connectedness, and the comforting familiarity of her voice. She is the admired elder stateswoman of African American letters, and final representative of an extraordinary cohort that once included her dear friends, writers Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison.
With MAKE ME RAIN, a beloved American poet challenges us with a powerful and deeply personal collection of verse that speaks to the injustices of society while illuminating the depths of her own heart. Stirring, provocative, and poignant, these poems pierce the heart and nourish the soul.
Presented by KPFA Radio 94.1 FM