PEN America Blog
"Never refuse to hear the cry of the anguished, or the laughter in the blues."
Nikki Giovanni pays tribute to James Baldwin. Listen to this week's #PENpodcast in honor of what would have been his 91st birthday. This excerpt is part of the Twentieth-Century Masters Tribute to James Baldwin, sponsored by PEN American Center and Lincoln Center, with The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and The New Yorker. Excerpts from the event appear in PEN America 2: Home & Away.
And I trust people // to make good choices / so I don’t have to impale them // on the tines of my pitchfork. Or otherwise // govern them. Why do you need so much / government, if you don’t like government why // do you insist upon making / these bad choices.