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The World Is Round cover
April 2005
The World Is Round
by Nikky Finney

[featured in the bookclub Poetry Special]

Thick with family and warm Southern air, The World Is Round is a kaleidoscope of image and memoir with a deep awareness of the world as a community and a compelling message of tolerance. Nikky Finney’s precise and tactile language draws distinct characters whom we can almost touch and feel, from her grandmother Beulah to her great-aunt Mean Nina. But while the intimate bonds of family, tradition, and loyalty are vital to the poet, the collection is not all peace and comfort. In poems like “The Greatest Show on Earth” and “Hate,” Finney moves from the personal to the collective to illuminate the cruelties of the sometimes gawking, narrow-minded world and to make a plea for compassion inspired by our common humanity.

Blurbs from the book jacket

Card catalog entry from the Library of Congress

Publisher’s information page from InnerLight Publishing information page

Barnes and Noble information page

Review by Carolyn Howard-Johnson from

Also on our shelves:
Nikky Finney’s Rice was our May 2000 selection.

Nikky Finney

Contact and profile information from the University of Kentucky Department of English

Video reading from an episode of KET’s In Performance at the Governor’s Mansion taped in spring 1999 (7:20) [requires RealPlayer®]

Interview by bookclub host Bill Goodman, from May 2000

You are only as writerly as the last thing you’ve written—a profile and interview by Kendra Hamilton from James Madison University’s Montpelier magazine

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