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My Wobbly Bicycle, 147

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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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