Expatriate Poet wrote:
Dear Nikki Giovanni,
If you are aware of what is transpiring on this site, either as the author of the poem that has just comforted this nation, or as someone who is engaged in the world of American poetry as few others have been, and have concern always for equal opportunity and justice for all, please come here and talk to us. Because your poem needs you to help it to take its place in history and move on. We are poets and can deal with paradoxes here, even ones as stark as that between your preserving instinct in the Virginia Tech poem and your destroying instinct in your poem that begins: "Nigger/can you kill!"
I decided to come on this site partly because of Expat's rap--then I got incensed by Sim's junk talk and got distracted. But this is far more important, because your "Can You Kill" poem really does cry out for some help from you, Nikki Giovanni, it really does. Because of course it can be read in the way Monday Love says it can be read--that's the most sensitive and deepest reading, in fact, and the one that we're ready for but need your help to be sure. "Destroy in yourself the inferior image you carry in yourself," the poem is saying, isn't it? "Kill the nigger in yourself and you'll be free of that nigger forever!"
In other words, don't get hung up in how the concept arose, because that won't free you. Just free youself once and for all and you're done!
i.e. JUST KILL IT!