Chasing Utopia

Chasing Utopia

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One of America's most celebrated poets whose works have spurred movements, inspired songs, turned hearts and informed generations pays homage to gatherings of friends, family and lovers where, at the center, is food as sustenance, as aphrodisiac and as memory. 50,000 first printing.


From one of America’s most celebrated poets, Nikki Giovanni, comes this poignant collection of poetry that celebrates the simple pleasures of everyday life and the bonds we share with those closest to us.

“This slim volume delights on every page. There are stories, imaginings, whimsy, and startling images which prove the poet’s power and her command of language . . . Anyone with a love of language will be delighted with this book and the continuing publication of America’s treasured poet.”—San Francisco Book Review

The poetry of Nikki Giovanni has spurred movements and inspired songs, turned hearts and informed generations. She's been hailed as a healer and as a national treasure. But Giovanni's heart resides in the everyday, where family and lovers gather, friends commune, and those no longer with us are remembered. And at every gathering there is food—food as sustenance, food as aphrodisiac, food as memory. A pot of beans is flavored with her mother's sighs—this sigh part cardamom, that one the essence of clove; a lover requests a banquet as an affirmation of ongoing passion; homage is paid to the most time-honored appetizer: soup.

With Chasing Utopia, Giovanni demands that the prosaic—flowers, birdsong, winter—be seen as poetic, and reaffirms once again why she is as energetic, "remarkable" (Gwendolyn Brooks), "wonderful" (Marian Wright Edelman),"outspoken, prolific, energetic" (New York Times), and relevant as ever.


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One of America's most celebrated poets pays homage to gatherings of friends, family, and lovers where at the center is food as sustenance, as aphrodisiac, and as memory.

Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow,, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780688156978
Characteristics: pages ; cm


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LPL_ShirleyB Apr 11, 2017

A journey of heart and humor with the irrepressible civil rights activist poet educator living legend. Thanks to the Project on the History of Black Writing for bringing Nikki Giovanni to Lawrence, KS & KU!


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