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Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea by Nikki Giovanni
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Mar 02, 11

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bookshelves: 2011, poetry, african-american-literature, african-american-women, non-fiction, autobiography, women-writers, family, humor
Read in February, 2011

Nikki Giovanni was the first poet, the first author I ever met. She spoke at a conference I went to in high school. I know she is not terribly impressed with that information, but it was life-changing for me. I had never met a writer, never thought about what a poet might look like. She is 11 years older than me, so she must have been about 28, she had a big afro and she appeared very sophisticated to this suburban teenager. All this is to say that I will always have a place in my heart for Giovanni.

This was not my favorite book by Giovanni, but as always some of her poems struck a chord in my life. I am glad I read this book, but I hope the next poetry book I read is more inspiring.

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