Furious Flower

Furious Flower Presents Nikki Giovanni

Fri, 21 Jun 2019 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM


Join Us for a Reading, Book Signing,

and Dance Party!

On the evening of Friday, June 21, 2019, Nikki Giovanni will be giving a reading at James Madison University's Festival Ballroom. The reading is free and open to the public, and will be followed by refreshments, dancing, and fellowship. Join us for an evening of poetry featuring a poet whose work and career has left an indelible imprint on American literature, and more importantly, has been considered a hallmark of Black cultural production.

Parking for Event: From 6:45pm to 9:30pm, vehicles without JMU parking registration will be permitted to park in lots C11, C12, and D3 (located directly across from Festival Conference Center) on East Campus. 


by Nikki Giovanni

her grandmother called her from the playground

"yes, ma'am"

"i want chu to learn how to make rolls" said the old

woman proudly

but the little girl didn't want

to learn how because she knew

even if she couldn't say it that

that would mean when the old one died she would be less

dependent on her spirit so

she said

"i don't want to know how to make no rolls"

with her lips poked out

and the old woman wiped her hands on

her apron saying "lord

these children"

and neither of them ever

said what they meant 

and i guess nobody ever does


Nikki Giovanni, “Legacies” from My House. Copyright © 1972 by Nikki Giovanni. 


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