Knoxville Tennessee - Nikki Giovanni




Knoxville Tennessee - Nikki Giovanni

These poems were specially chosen to improve your ability to understand English literature and to improve your vocabulary. We recommend that you slowly read these poems aloud a few times so that you will improve your pronunciation as well.




I always like summer
Best
You can eat fresh corn
From daddy’s garden
And okra
And greens
And cabbage
And lots of
Barbeque
And buttermilk
And homemade ice cream
At the church picnic
And listen to
Gospel music
Outside
At the church
Homecoming
And go to the mountains with
Your grandmother
And go barefooted
And be warm
All the time
Not only when you go to bed
And sleep


Yolande Cornelia Nikki Giovanni (born June 7, 1943 in Knoxville, Tennessee) is a Grammy-nominated American poet, activist and author. One of the most widely-read American poets, she prides herself on being a Black American, a daughter, a mother, a professor of English. Giovanni's writing has been heavily inspired by African-American activists and artists and she has maintained a prominent place as a strong voice of the Black community. She has written more than two dozen books including volumes of poetry, illustrated children's books, and three collections of essays. Giovanni is currently a Distinguished Professor of English at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.