My oldest daughter is Nefertiti / The tears from my birth pains / Created the Nile / I am a beautiful woman…
World renown writer and activist Nikki Giovanni (creator of over 28 books & poetic collections like Woman, Black Judgement and Knoxville, Tennessee) appeared on MSNBC’s The Melissa Harris Perry show to talk about her latest book, Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid.
In her literary compilation, the 70-year old Virginia Tech professor shared her experience visiting New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina in poetic form. Giovanni went on to share how she decided to donate books to the damaged library of Dilliard University.
At the end of her interview, Nikki did a spoken-word performance of her popular 1973 poem, “Ego Tripping,” Giovanni went on to talk about the beauty of the lyrical art:
Poetry loves us. It’s unconditional. Even stopping by a woods on a snowy evening. It doesn’t matter. ‘Boats sail on the river, ships sail on the sea, but the clouds that sail across the sky are prettier far than these.’
Check out the Virginia Tech professor’s performance on the current affairs and political commentary television program up top. Down below, you’ll find Giovanni talking more about her latest book and her thoughts on gun-control in America. It’s definitely great to see this phenomenal woman doing what she does best! Love it.