I just had a great, free-wheeling phone conversation with Nikki Giovanni, who will be here in Santa Cruz in a few weeks. Among the topics we covered: Martin Luther King, Jr., space travel, Occupy Wall Street, Prince Charles, writing pedagogy, and the importance of poetry. I will post that here once I’ve distilled it down to a Q and A. Be patient. It takes time to put it all together. In other news, I’ve got a slamming headache from watching the White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” video on YouTube.