Reading Nikki Giovanni’s book, A Good Cry: What We Learn from Tears and Laughter, is the opposite of being yelled at. It’s like opening a box of sunbeams after a long, wet winter. The poems are delivered in plain language and stanzas that cut to the marrow of human experience. Food, friends, home, sit-ins—these are just a few of the poems’ subjects. As the title of the book suggests, you will laugh, and you will cry.