Make Me Rain: Poems & Prose

Make Me Rain: Poems & Prose

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 thirty years, Nikki Giovanni’s poetry has inspired, enlightened, and dazzled readers. 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 readers 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. 

Title:Make Me Rain: Poems & Prose
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062995285
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    Make Me Rain: Poems & Prose Reviews

  • Diane S ?

    Thoughts soon....

  • Jen Bracken-Hull

    I wonder if she’ll ever write a book if poetry I don’t love. I love how she writes about food, about her grandparents, about what she’s learned, about what needs fixing. ...

  • Allison

    This beautifully written collection of poetry and prose is classic Giovanni. Touching on topics ranging from aging, to memories of childhood, to elegies for loved ones who have passed, to pride in bla...

  • Living My Best Book Life

    Make Me Rain is a poignant collection of poems about racism, aging, Nikki's black heritage, and racial injustices. The writing is beautiful and profound. Nikki Giovanni's poems swept me away. It broug...

  • Carrie

    Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC copy of this book. I love Nikki Giovanni, and have read many of her other works. I believe she is one of our finest living poets. This was not my favorite of her works....

  • Jane

    I seldom read poetry. I will listen to this again before returning it to the library. Need I say more?...

  • Oscreads

    Really liked these poems. ...

  • Susan Barber

    First - Nikki Giovanni. Need I say more? This collection is salt of the earth poetry - so beautiful, so complex, yet so simple as in why did I not make this connection before. Every page seems to be d...

  • Never Without a Book

    My first work by Giovanni and I wasn't disappointed. ...

  • Melissa

    Another wonderful poetry collection from Nikki Giovanni that I know I’ll be rereading, especially Rainy Days....