Video: Two Minutes of Poetry with Jaki Shelton Green

February 3, 2020

The power of poetry lies in its ability to move and surprise you, even in the briefest encounter.

That’s never more true than when a poem is read by its author, and especially when that author is North Carolina poet laureate Jaki Shelton Green.

In this two-minute video, Green tells the story of the artifact that connects her directly with her great-great-great grandmother and reads her poem, “i know the grandmother one had hands.”

We recorded this video in October 2019, when the University Libraries welcomed Green to the Wilson Special Collections Library to open the exhibition “Enriching Voices: African American Contributions to North Carolina Literature.”

“Enriching Voices” closes soon, on February 12, 2020. Visit the exhibition in Wilson Library before you miss the chance!

Find hours, directions, and parking information on the Wilson Library website.

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