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Nikki-Rosa Summary & Analysis
by Nikki Giovanni

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“Nikki-Rosa” was written by the American poet Nikki Giovanni and first published in Giovanni's 1968 collection, Black Feeling, Black Talk/Black Judgement. The poem explores the speaker's memories of growing up in a predominantly Black suburb of Cincinnati, taking care to emphasize happy moments with family and the strong sense of community that the speaker felt. At the same time, the poem examines the ways in which white society tends to misrepresent Black Americans' experiences, focusing only on stereotypical narratives of hardship and poverty. The speaker rejects these shallow narratives and instead asserts the enduring power of love, connection, and Black identity within her own experience.

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