The World Is Round
by Nikky Finney
[featured in the bookclub Poetry Special]
From the endpapers and back cover of the 2003 paperback edition (InnerLight Publishing):
Nikky Finney was born in Conway, South Carolina in 1957 at the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean and is now associate professor of creative writing at the University of Kentucky. During the 1999-2000 academic year, she was the Goode Humanities Professor at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. Her first collection of poems, On Wings Made of Gauze (William Morrow, Inc.), was published in 1985. Her book Rice (Sister Vision Press, 1995), a collection of poems, stories, and photographs, was awarded the PEN American Open Book Award in 1999. In 1998, the University Press of Kentucky published Heartwood, a collection of short stories she wrote to assist literacy students across the country. Finney travels and reads her work the world over and is particularly inspired by working with community groups and young writers.
A poem, when it works, is a rolling realization of ideas and emotion that takes you somewhere youve never been. Nikky Finney does that for me. Every now and then, I find myself in a room with a stage and there she is, reading poems, pulling me out of myself and bringing me home. The World Is Round opens all of my doors and windows and airs me out with a cold and truthful wind.