Nikki Giovanni on why she chose poetry


I have a big existential question for
you to begin: why poetry? There are a lot of forms of expression, a lot of people
who choose to commit words to paper or to somehow live in the realm of art or
expression. They can go a lot of different routes, but why is poetry the
thing that you settled on all those years ago? -Probably because I’m stupid.
-No- -You know I was laughing, I have a dear
friend Toni Morrison and she writes really incredible novels-
-Yes. – And I’m always amazed at how do you go from you know point A to point B? If I write a
poem, you know, I’m finished in a page and a half. Hell, I’m gone.
-Yeah, but that short form expression has worked for you. It’s worked for you for now 50
years. -It works for me because I get to say what I want to say, and I don’t know.
I mean you never know why you like things. I would have been a singer, you
know. I would have been a singer, and I really love, and I have a poem of hers
in there, you know. Big Maybelle, you know Candy, I call my sugar candy. You know, I thought I want to be big Maybelle. I’m not big, and I don’t have a good voice. -Right
-So I -But you respect the work
-Oh I love the blues. I love the blues.

One Reply to “Nikki Giovanni on why she chose poetry”

  1. I met Nikki once. I don’t remember when or how old I was but I think I was in middle school. She is one of my favorite people in the world.

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