Nikki Giovanni, The Love Poet

Award-winning poet and educator Nikki Award-winning poet and educator Nikki Giovanni has a new book of poems focusing on love. The legendary writer talks about her 27th work, Bicycles: Love Poems.

Giovanni, also a distinguished English professor at Virginia Tech, explains what influences her writings, and tells personal stories of love and loss.

Excerpt: 'Bicycles'

By Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni

Poet and Enlish professor Nikki Giovanni delivers the poem, "We Are Virginia Tech," to a mourning campus in April 2007, following a deadly school shooting spree that claimed more than 30 lives. AP hide caption

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We Are Virginia Tech

We are Virginia Tech

We are sad today, and we will be sad for quite a while. We are not moving on, we are embracing our mourning

We are Virginia Tech

We are strong enough to stand tall tearlessly, we are brave enough to bend to cry, and we are sad enough to know that we must laugh again

We are Virginia Tech

We do not understand this tragedy. We know we did nothing to deserve it, but neither does a child in Africa dying of AIDS, neither do the invisible children walking the night away to avoid being captured by the rogue army, neither does the baby elephant watching his community being devastated for ivory, neither does the Mexican child looking for fresh water, neither does the Appalachian infant killed in the middle of the night in his crib in the home his father built with his own hands being run over by a boulder because the land was destabilized. No one deserves a tragedy

We are Virginia Tech

The Hokie Nation embraces our own and reaches out with open heart and hands to those who offer their hearts and minds. We are strong, and brave, and innocent, and unafraid. We are better than we think and not quite what we want to be. We are alive to the imaginations and the possibilities. We will continue to invent the future through our blood and tears and through all this sadness

We are the Hokies

We will prevail

We will prevail

We will prevail

We are Virginia Tech

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