"What does it mean to be a Black woman poet in America writing for liberation? 'I am black alive looking back at you' June Jordan so masterfully said and it speaks volumes to what so many Black women poets in the 70"s and 80"s did for the culture of poetry, speaking volumes to the legacies they built that we can stand on with pride and more agency to express ourselves and for that we are forever thankful. Nikki Giovanni would go on to inspire many great poets and would in her work provide a landscape for future visioning of a better self and world. Here, she shows us what can be done with words on record. Cultivating liberation and healing within the world of poetry live on a record that will stand the test of time." – Camae Ayewa aka Moor Mother (Irreversible Entanglements)

Nikki Giovanni, The Way I Feel