I Am A Fornicator
i fucked words
in and out of connotations and denotations
before poetry proposed to me
and i was forced into an arranged marriage
I Am A Hustler
i packaged my work in paperback
then hit the corner
i got lines guaranteed to get you high
expand your consciousness
I Am A Prostitute
i sold my goods on the street
some called it a cheap thrill with great value
i kept ‘em coming back for more
and there’s more where that came from
I Am A Thief
i crept into the literary world
and claimed everything but your art
i created a style they aspire
to elevate higher, i am your muse
I Am A Thug
i took your shit
that was originally my shit
and restored it back to health
your misappropriation, i saved
I Am A Murderer
i kill every poem i touch
giving sentences to senseless crimes
readers acquit me of all charges and opinions
and i’d do it all again…
Just My Thoughts:
Mind, Body & Soul
Handwritten short review by legendary poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator Nikki Giovanni for "Just My Thoughts: Mind, Body & Soul"
"It's not a #1 record but Just My Thoughts: Mind, Body & Soul catches the times of the heart and minds. Thank you so very much for sharing with me."
(side note: It's dated one day after my 22nd birthday! I cried and died when I saw that part!!) #Won'tHeDoIt! Yasss!!!
Dear J.D. -
I'm delighted to grant permission. Good luck! Keep on keeping on.
(her response to allow me to use her review for promotion)
(side note: This is dated two days after her 67th birthday!)
This is Nikki Giovanni's review for my still unreleased book of poetry, "R.I.S.E."
THIS is why I'm NOT stopping!
Celebrated ICON, poet, memoirist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou acknowledged receiving my book with this kind card!