Poem Porject Essay

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* NIKKI GIOVANNI Nikki Giovanni was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, on June 7, 1943. Although she grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, she and her sister returned to Knoxville each summer to visit their grandparents. Nikki graduated with honors in history from her grandfather's alma mater, Fisk University. Since 1987, she has been on the faculty at Virginia Tech, where she is a University Distinguished Professor. I'm Not Lonely i'm not lonely
 sleeping all alone you think i'm scared
 but i'm a big girl 
i don't cry
 or anything i have a great
 big bed
 To roll around
 in and lots of space 
and I don't dream
 bad dreams
 like i used 
to have that you 
were leaving me
 anymore now that you're gone
 i don't dream 
and no matter 
what you think 
i'm not lonely
all alone * LANGSTON HUGHES James Mercer Langston Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form jazz poetry. Catch Big Boy came 
 Carrying a mermaid On his shoulders 
 And the mermaid 
 Had her tail 
Beneath his arm. 
 Being a fisher boy, 
 He’d found a fish 
To carry— Half fish, 
Half girl 
To marry. * Sojourner Truth Sojourner Truth was the self-given name, from 1843 onward, of Isabella Baumfree, an African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist. Ain't I A Woman? Wall, chilern, 
whar dar is so much racket 
dar must be somethin' out o' kilter. 
I tink dat 'twixt de nigger of de Souf 
and de womin at de Norf, 
all talkin' 'bout rights, 
de white men will be in a fix pretty soon. 
But what's all dis here talkin' 'bout?

Dat man ober dar say 
dat womin needs to be helped into carriages, 
and lifted ober ditches, 
and to hab de best place everywhar. 
Nobody eber halps me into carriages, 
or ober mudpuddles, 
or gibs me any best place! 
And ar'n't I a

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