Acolytes by Nikki Giovanni

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By Nikki Giovanni

A set of 80 all new poems, Acolytes is relatively Nikki Giovanni, yet varied. no longer softened, yet extra encouraged via love, social gathering, thoughts or even nostalgia. She goals her intimate and sparing phrases at friends and family, the deaths of heroes and associates, favourite nutrients and sweet, nature, libraries, and theatre. yet in among, the deep and edgy sense of right and wrong that has outlined her for many years shines via whilst she writes approximately Rosa Parks, typhoon Katrina, and Emmett Till's disappearance, leaving doubtless that Nikki has no longer traded one procedure for an additional, yet easily made room for either.

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47 EL DESEO ,a EL TIGRE Soy el tigre. Te acecho entre las hojas anchas como lingotes de mineral mojado. EI no blanco crece bajo la niebla. Llegas. Desnuda Espero. te sumerges. Entonces en un saIto de fuego, sangre, dientes, de un zarpazo derribo tu pecho, tus caderas. Hebo tu sangre, rompo tus miembros uno a uno. Y me quedo velando por anos en la selva tus huesos, tu ceniza, inm6vil, lejos del odio y de la colera, desarmado en tu muerte, cruzado par las lianas, inmovil en la lluvia, centinela implacable de mi arnor asesino.

Y un crater, una rosa de fuego h~medecido! Por tus piemas desciendo hllando una espiral a durmiendo en el viaje y llego a tus rodillas de redonda dureza como a las cimas duras de W1 claro continente. Hacia tus pies resbalo, a las ocho aberturas de tus dedos agudos, lentos, peninsulares, y de elias at vacio de la sabana blanca caigo, buscando ciego y hambriento tu contomo de vasija quemante! 52 THE INSECT From your hips to your feet I want to make a long journey. I am smaller than an insect. I go along these hills, they are the color of oats, they have slender tracks that only I know, burnt centimeters, pale perspectives.

I 31 BELLA Bella, como en la piedra fresca del manantial, el agua abre un ancho relampago de espuma, as! es la sonrisa de tu rostro, bella. Bella, de finas manos y delgados pies como un caballito de plata, andando, flor del mundo, aSI te veo, bella. Bella, con un nido de cobre enmaraiiado en tu cabeza, un nido color de mid sombria donde mi corazon arde y reposa, bella. Bella, no te caben los ojos en la cara, no te caben los ojos en la tierra. Hay palses, hay rios, en tus ojos, mi patria esta en tus ojos, yo camino por elIos, elIos dan 1uz al mundo por donde yo camino, bella.

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