“I have a different story to tell at 75 than I did at 25. Fifty years makes a difference and so if there’s a poet listening to us right now, one of the things I would say is don’t read your early poetry. [Laughter] No, because if you do you won’t want to contradict yourself and if you don’t contradict yourself you didn’t learn anything.”
– Nikki Giovanni from her interview with Anna Sale of Death, Sex, and Money.
Have you listened to this episode yet? It’s wonderful; the best 30 minutes of radio you’ll listen to this week, I’d say.
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Loved this! She is such an inspiration. Smart, funny and full of heart.
Her relationship with her mother was really touching as well.
Yes! Do you know her poem, Mothers? So good! https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/48228/mothers
That’s beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
“…the best 30 minutes of radio you’ll listen to this week…” i had a good cry too. thank you nikki and erin.
cry, cry, cry
One of my most loved poems of hers is BLK History Month. Love it!
This was so touching! Thank you for introducing me to an incredible woman and a new podcast (/ radio show) to listen to.
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