By Tina Jordan
Updated February 09, 2007 05:00 AM

In Acolytes her 12th poetry collection, Nikki Giovanni celebrates down-home comforts (recipes included!) and takes bigotry to task.

Sample Verse
”Poems are not beer commercials…. They need to bring down presidents who/Start wars they themselves wouldn’t go to.”

Bottom Line
Jarringly varied subjects — from rainbows to slain civil rights icon Emmett Till — are held together by Giovanni’s distinctively frank yet often playful voice.