For the love of Giovanni — and bicycles

Was fortunate enough to catch an interview with renowned poet Nikki Giovanni last night. The Virginia Tech prof has been at it, struggling, crafting and inspiring for decades. But last night was the first time that she made it onto my radar. And for that, I’m grateful.

Her most recent book of poetry, “Bicycles: Love Poems,” is titled as a metaphor for life, she said. The wheels of anger and frustration, grief and love, continue to turn. And they are connected by a frame with you, the rider, learning how to steer, balance and make it all move forward, knowing that falls will come and that you’ll have to dust yourself off and get back up. Even if it happens again. And again.

It’s a metaphor that resonated with me.  On multiple levels.

I’ll be on the lookout for her book. And leave you with a stanza from her poem, “We Are Virginia Tech,  which she read following the 2007 shooting massacre at Virginia Tech:

We are better than we think and not quite what we want to be. We are alive to the imaginations and the possibilities. We will continue to invent the future through our blood and tears and through all our sadness.

 YouTube vid of Giovanni reading her poem:



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