Our friend and frequent guest Nikki Giovanni published her newest collection earlier this week.

Make Me Rain: Poems & Prose speaks to the injustices of society while illuminating the depths of her own heart. Nikki Giovanni celebrates her loved ones and unapologetically declares her pride in her black heritage, while exploring the enduring impact of the twin sins of racism and white nationalism.

She reaffirms her place as a uniquely vibrant and relevant American voice with poems such as “I Come from Athletes” and “Rainy Days”—calling out segregation and Donald Trump; as well as “Unloved (for Aunt Cleota)” and “When I Could No Longer”—her personal elegy for the relatives who saved her from an abusive home life.

Click through to today’s Conversation for some Poetry Friday treats: https://www.nyswritersinstitute.org/post/nikki-giovanni-we-need-poetry-because-it-brings-the-light-of-love

An excerpt from Make Me Rain.

A Q&A with Nikki from earlier this year,

as well as two videos, one from her October 2019 visit to UAlbany and the second from her 1971 television interview with James Baldwin.

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