Friday, August 17, 2007

A Little Poetry for You: Giovanni

Happy Poetry Friday!

I ran across this tonight, and thought all the librarians out there might like it.

My First Memory (of Librarians)
by Nikki Giovanni

This is my first memory:
A big room with heavy wooden tables that sat on a creaky
...............wood floor
A line of green shades—bankers’ lights—down the center
Heavy oak chairs that were too low or maybe I was simply
..............too short
............................For me to sit in and read
So my first book was always big
Go here for the rest of this poem.

Go here for a bio of Nikki Giovanni.

And GO HERE for an interview with Nikki Giovanni talking about poetry and books and life. I liked this in particular: "There's no life in safety.... It prevents you from greeting the world with open arms." I also really enjoyed how she ended with a bit about making poetry accessible. Worth a listen!


eisha said...

Oh I just love this. Thanks, Nancy!

jules said...


In one of my grad school classes on children's lit, my prof handed out a typed-up list of quotes about the library by authors and such -- some positive, some dreadful (her point being to start a discussion with us about the importance of a welcoming atmosphere in our libraries). I should go find that.

Thanks for the great poem.

Elaine Magliaro said...


Great selection...excellent post! Enjoy the weekend.

TadMack said...

Ooh, we were just talking about her last night! Thanks for this -

Sara said...

Nikki was at the L.A. SCBWI conference, and I actually got to talk to her.

I love this as a first memory. Mine is of something mundane: cracks in the sidewalk.