Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day by Nikki Giovanni

Copyright 1978
Checked out 14 times in 33 years
Last checked out 5 years ago

This book of poems from Nikki Giovanni as she approached middle age has a much steadier tone than the other book by her at the Albertville library that I reviewed back in October (I have no idea why these two books are separated from each other on the shelf). The book’s primary theme is that of letting go of dreams. It’s free verse, no rhyme, but it’s very accessible language. We feel as though Giovanni is having a heartfelt talk with us about life, her life but also most people’s lives and life in general. I suspect this confidential tone has much to do with why this book has had steady circulation for decades. Keep this one on the shelf as long as people continue to pick it up. It’s subject matter is timeless.

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