Posts made in January, 2018

My Wobbly Bicycle, 147

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in Archive | 7 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 147

Nikki Giovanni, II:  in preparation for our conversation on March 9.  I promise not to wear out the subject ahead of time! I still have plenty of questions left.   I look at her poetry and I look at mine. I, who absorbed a great Western culture and knew it belonged to me, that my job as a writer was to extend it, bring it to the present, re-awaken it. This is not an apology for my heritage. It’s an awareness. It took many years for me to realize I was white. You know what I mean. If the entire world you know is white, if your aesthetics have derived from whiteness, how can you see...

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My Wobbly Bicycle, 147

Posted by on Jan 18, 2018 in Archive | 4 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 147

I hesitated several days before I said yes to interviewing Nikki Giovanni for the National Writers Series at the Opera House (date is now March 9). Black poet who’s raged against white people. Years ago, right? We were young. But she may feel the same,  even while smiling. I dunno.   In Fayetteville, Arkansas, where I grew up, the few blacks lived in basically a ghetto behind the courthouse. Black children who wanted a high school education had to ride an hour on the bus over the Ozark Mountains to Fort Smith. We probably said to ourselves, “This isn’t right,” but until the...

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