Nikki Giovanni

American poet, activists and famous Afro wearer, Nikki Giovanni has contributed to the landscape of American history. I am not going to rewrite a biography here but you can read more about her here.

I would like to highlight some poetry though. I have been craving poetry lately.

kidnap poem

ever been kidnapped
by a poet
if i were a poet
i’d kidnap you
put you in my phrases and meter
you to jones beach
or maybe coney island
or maybe just to my house
lyric you in lilacs
dash you in the rain
blend into the beach
to complement my see
play the lyre for you
ode you with my love song
anything to win you
wrap you in the red Black green
show you off to mama
yeah if i were a poet i’d kid
nap you

Bit O’ Trivia: Nikki Giovanni is a professor at Virgina Tech and actually taught Seung Hui-Cho, the shooter in the Virgina Tech Massacre. She actually went to the department chair to have him removed from her class.

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