Nikki Giovanni Signing Copies of, “Chasing Utopia”

Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid

Nikki Giovanni’s poetry 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, win-ter—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.

Appearances

December 17, 2013| 7:00 PM33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003, | 212-253-0810

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One thought on “Nikki Giovanni Signing Copies of, “Chasing Utopia”

  1. Saw her in Cleveland. She was great.

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