Category Archives: Giovanni (Nikki)

Many Ways To Stand Up to Racism

I share a Nikki Giovanni poem in memory of Heather Heyer, along with those who were badly injured by angry white supremacists.

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Reading Aloud, Shared Intimacy

If you want to become close to someone, read literature aloud. Doing so circumvents defenses and helps you make connections that are otherwise difficult to access.

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Listen Carefully–The Books Are Whispering

I gave a talk last night to Leonardtown, Maryland’s Friends of the Library about—surprise!–“How Literature Can Change Your Life.” It was a busy day, what with writing the talk and turning in final grades and going to one last committee meeting and attending a retirement party (for which I wrote a bit of doggerel) and […]

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MLK: A Diamond Molded by Pressure

Nikki Giovanni’s “In the Spirit of Martin” talks about Martin Luther King and others in the Civil Rights Movement as having been molded by the immense pressure into crystalline diamonds.

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