Nikky Finney - "The will of the human heart to speak its own mind," it can never be controlled

Will you be as moved by Nikky Finney's speech accepting the 2011 National Book Awards honor for her poetry as I was? My heavens these words are gorgeous.

Following her on stage, host John Lithgow said this short speech was the finest acceptance speech he had ever heard - for any award. Start at about the 4:40 mark in the video embedded here and prepare to be transported.

And yes, you'll want to get to your seats early to see her at IdeaFestival 2012.