Tuesday, March 29, 2011

nikki giovanni : lady poetics

one wing (2009) coco loco
nikki giovanni is a lady poet and professor of english. cotton candy on a rainy day (1978) is a lovely collection of poetry and "choices" is particularly worth checking in with every once ina while for sure.

a poem by nikki giovanni

if i can't do
what i want to do
then my job is to not
do what i don't want
to do

it's not the same thing
but it's the best i can

if i can't have
what i want . . . then
my job is to want 
what i've got
and be satisfied
that at least there 
is something more to want

since i can't go
where i need
to go . . . then i must go
where the signs point
though always understanding
parallel movement
isn't lateral

when i can't express
what i really feel
i practice feeling
what i can express
and none of it is equal
i know
but that's why mankind
alone among the animals
learns to cry

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