Saturday, February 2, 2008

BIC History Month: A Literary Moment

"she lived on the edge of an emotional abyss/or perhaps she lived in the well of a void/there were always things she wanted/like arms to hold her/eyes that understood/a friend to relax with/someone to touch/always someone to touch..."

-Nikki Giovanni, "Introspection"

As a lover of poetry and literature, I really can't think of a more appropriate time of year (Black History Month) to begin featuring the poetry of female poets I love and have loved on this blog-- old, modern, and postmodern (read: my own poetry and that of my family and friends) alike. We'll start with the mother of them all (in my book), Nikki Giovanni, whose poetry is more BIC than most and fully deserves a blog devoted to her huge and complex body of work, alone.

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

kidnap you

-Nikki Giovanni

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