Nikki Giovanni is a poet who's work is easy to revisit. Whenever I open a book of her poems, I find a bit that seems as if I'd written it myself. With her simple and direct voice, she creates a sense of intimacy, the intimacy of old friends meeting for tea or a slice of pizza; because her work shines with honesty, the stories she tells become real.
Click on the title of this post to visit the Smithsonian Folkways website and listen to Giovanni's poem, Boxes. The poem can be found in her collection cotton candy on a rainy day.
What boxes hold you? How do you plan leave them? Do you want to leave them?