"Teaching is about taking things apart; writing is about putting things together," Toni Morrison, the Nobel Prize-winning author who died Tuesday, once told the New Yorker. Toni has taken me apart many times, too numerous to count. With great love, through her writing, she has put me back together time and again. Her piercing insight into the interior lives of black girls and women was otherworldly.
Toni saw me. Toni read me. Toni pierced me.