Books: Hustler and Fabulist


by NIKKI GIOVANNI 149 pages. Bobbs-Merrill. $5.95.

I really hope no white person

ever has cause to write about me because they never understand Black love is Black wealth

and they'll probably talk about my hard


and never understand that all the while I was quite happy.

These proud words come from Nikki Giovanni's best-known poem, Nikki-Rosa. At 28, she is one of the most talented and promising black poets. She is also one of the most visible, not only because she is beautiful but because she is a shrewd and energetic propagandist. In...

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