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One of America's most celebrated poets challenges us with this powerful and deeply personal collection of verse that speaks to the injustices of society while illuminating the depths of her own heart.

For more than 30 years, Nikki Giovanni's poetry has inspired, enlightened, and dazzled readers and listeners. As sharp and outspoken as ever, this artist long hailed as a healer and a sage returns with this profound book of poetry in which she continues to call attention to injustice and give listeners an unfiltered look into the most private parts of herself.

In Make Me Rain, she 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. Giovanni reaffirms her place as a uniquely vibrant and relevant American voice with poems such as "I Come from Athletes" and "Rainy Days" - calling out segregation and Donald Trump; as well as "Unloved (for Aunt Cleota)" and "When I Could No Longer" - her personal elegy for the relatives who saved her from an abusive home life. 

Stirring, provocative, and resonant, the poems in Make Me Rain pierce the heart and nourish the soul.  

©2020 Nikki Giovanni (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Sonorous Lessons and Home Truths

I wept openly multiple times while listening… this is an elder doing their work. May we have the Sage of Giovanni for a long time yet; that said, let this serve those with eyes to see, and ears to hear, as instruction for how to Keep Going, and How to Suss Out What Is Important.

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Come on now... do we really have to wonder?
This time is yours use it!

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A Living Legend

The minute I heard this book was out, I rushed to see if I could listen to it in her voice. It’s full of lessons, and as heartfelt as I had expected it to be. I can’t get in her actual class, but she has been one of my primary teachers in life.