Nikki Giovanni photographed at her desk in her apartment on November 4, 1975 by Jill Krementz.
A poem is a way of capturing a moment, I don't do a lot of revisions because I think if you have to do that then you've got problems with the poem. Rather than polish the words, I take the time to polish the poem. If that means I start at the top a dozen of times, that's what I do. A poem's got to be a single stroke, and I make it the best I can because it's going to live.
An exhibition featuring drawings, photographs, collages and oil portraits of distinguished poets ranging from Dylan Thomas, Robert Frost, Marianne Moore, Frank O'Hara, and Elizabeth Bishop to Nikki Giovanni, Billy Collins, and Mark Strand is on view at the National Arts Club.
Check out the article at the New York Social Dairy. It is filled with many protraits of poets.