Saturday, April 14, 2012

Terrance Hayes on Nikky Finney

To kick off National Poetry Month, we asked 2010 NBA Poetry Winner Terrance Hayes to share his thoughts on 2011 Winner Nikky Finney and her collection Head Off & Split. Hayes' essay begins, "I can remember first hearing Nikky Finney's 'The Condoleezza Suite' in 2006 at a reading for the Cave Canem Tenth Anniversary Reunion. As she read a poem in the voice of Condoleezza Rice's Ferragamo shoes, a kind of Sunday swoon echoed through the auditorium." To read the rest of Hayes' essay, visit Finney's page on our NBA Poetry Blog.