Somebody heard my mother cry standing in the middle of the road. Somebody heard my mother cry standing in the middle of the road. Won’t somebody hug her, won’t somebody hug her, standing in the middle of the road.
-Nikki Giovanni, A Good Cry
We don’t hide our overwhelming affection for gifted artists here in The Sheets. As students of awe-inspiring artists like Nina Simone, we hold to her creed to ‘only listen to the masters.’ After decades of consideration, we still can’t find a reason to sift through mediocrity when giants walk the earth.
While we’re on the subject of giants… and Nina… one of her close friends and co-conspirators just dropped a new joint. Poet, Thug, and Virginia Tech English Professor, Nikki Giovanni, wants us to understand the benefit or at least be conscious of the ritual of tears throughout our lives. Her latest Harper-Collins release, A Good Cry: What We Learn from Tears and Laughter, helps us investigate our spirit and arch a bridge above the pain to get over.
Students of Giovanni’s poetry know she suppressed her tears for many years. They may find comfort in knowing even thugs like Nikki shed tattoo tears after a while. In her autobiography, Gemini, she details her apparently rough upbringing but later writes the poem Nikki-Rosa where from her perspective, she was ‘quite happy.’
If you feel something, go do something about it. I did. -NG
Check out this great write-up on her appearance at The Gregory School in Houston.
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