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Shaping MemoriesReflections of African American Women Writers$
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Joanne Veal Gabbin

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781604732740

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604732740.001.0001

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A Distant Star Called Possibility

A Distant Star Called Possibility


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Shaping Memories

Nikki Giovanni

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter discusses how, according to Nikki Giovanni, strong friendship can bring logic to the world. It tells the story of how, as a child, Giovanni thought something extraordinary was happening between her mother and her mother’s four friends. Seeing their relationship, she came to the conclusion that girlfriends are the most precious things on earth. When she left high school early to go to college, it was friends—hers and her mother’s—who helped her along the way up to grad school. Seeing the value of friendship at a young age, she held on to the belief that friends are essential, and she continued to build upon her friendships. Now, she may not have friends exactly like her mother’s, but she believes they have reached a distant star called possibility.

Keywords:   strong friendship, Nikki Giovanni, logic, girlfriends, mother

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