A review by mrjess_bhs
Black Feeling, Black Talk / Black Judgement by Nikki Giovanni


Powerful poetry. I can see Giovanni as a young woman in the height of civil rights and black power and can feel the anger, pain, and occasional hopelessness that is behind her words. The use of homophonic, antisemitic, and racist language against Vietnamese was jarring, even if I understand it was common at that time, it still sucks to see people who have been dehumanized, then dehumanizing others. And that’s why white supremacy must be eradicated. I also appreciated how her silliness emerged in some of the poems. Delightfully weird, like everyone I love.