One Last Word: Wisdom From the Harlem Renaissance

This artwork was hand carved on a linoleum plate and printed with oil based inks on rice paper.

In this collection of poetry, Nikki Grimes looks afresh at the poets of the Harlem Renaissance—including voices like Langston Hughes, Georgia Douglas Johnson, and many more writers of importance and resonance from this era—by combining their work with her own original poetry. Using “The Golden Shovel” poetic method, Grimes has written a collection of poetry that is as gorgeous as it is thought-provoking.

A foreword, an introduction to the history of the Harlem Renaissance, author’s note, poet biographies, and index makes this not only a book to cherish, but a wonderful resource and reference as well.



1 Comment

  1. Princess Dixon
    January 5, 2021

    I am glad to find out about illustrators such as yourself. My grand son submitted some drawings of sneakers he designed to a sports magazine but he never heard back from them. He has become discouraged and want even draw sneakers anymore. I thought of writing a book for him on being persistent and not giving up. My daughter is the same way. I found several hand written manuscripts that she wrote and never bothered to pursue publishing. She just gave up. I’m glad to see your work and the stories you help the authors bring to life.

    From the Flow of Your Drawing

    When I walk into a book shop.
    Yes those still exist somewhere, out there,
    Your carvings on the cover pulls me in,
    Like a fresh carved turkey breast on a bed of yellow rice.
    I want to take the book home with me and consume it,
    I want to see what life is hiding behind the carvings that got such a hold of me.


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