September 22, 2013

Chasing Utopia

cover image of Chasing Utopia
Nikki Giovanni

Virginia Tech distinguished professor Nikki Giovanni is a poet of national acclaim. She grew up in Lincoln Heights here in Cincinnati, so she is a local literary treasure too. This collection, her first in four years, probably contains a lot of Cincinnati memories since many of the poems are about family gatherings, foods that are essential to those sort of events, and how necessary it is to sustain the soul with those remembrances. Her poems are written simply so that everyone can share in the experience of a cooking smell that brings back a picture of mother at the stove or a romantic meal with a long lost lover.