The Rime of Nina Simone

Tiana Clark, with illustrations by Natalie K. Nelson

"I need to tell you something about yourself."

This poem first appeared in the Music & Protest issue (vol. 24, no. 3: Fall 2018).

Tiana Clark is the author of I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018) and Equilibrium (Bull City Press, 2016). Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from the New YorkerKenyon ReviewAmerican Poetry ReviewNew England Review, and elsewhere. A shortened version of “The Rime of Nina Simone” first appeared in the Music & Protest Issue (Fall 2019).