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"Art is about being provocative," says the award-winning poet. "Art is also about beauty and if you leave the latter out, the former doesn't matter."
Ever since she was 19 years old, Nikky Finney dreamed of being a poet. She published her first book in 1985, and has taught writing for years at the university level. Her collection Head Off & Split received the National Book Award for poetry in November.
In a celebratory National Book Awards on Wall Street last night, Stephen Greenblatt took the nonfiction award for Swerve, while, in a surprise turn in fiction, Jesmyn Ward won for Salvage the Bones.