Poet brings work to TCC

By Michael Foster-Sanders/campus editor

Poetry was in motion for the Living Literature event April 18 featuring the award-winning poet Major Jackson.

Living Literature is a tradition at TCC, where the English department chooses a poet or author to recite their works and provide a learning environment for students.

Jackson said he was astounded at how well-attended the event was since he was used to reading to smaller audiences.

“The students’ questions were insightful and indicated the level of seriousness in which teachers prepare students to read the work and be engaged with the poems,” he said. “I’m deeply moved and honored by that.”

NE student Cody Dumaine said it was a good event even though he wasn’t used to Jackson’s style of poetry.

When asked about the future of poetry, Jackson was optimistic because he thinks people understand the spiritual dimensions of the art.

“If I can predict the future of the poetry based on the questions that were asked here today, students realize poetry can address both spiritual needs and concerns,” he said. “Also, I think the poems are going to address issues to individuals, and to the community.” 

NE student Maleka Payne-Teferi found the event informative and refreshing. 

“I thought it was interesting. He gave both his opinions and helpful information about the subject matter,” she said. “Listening to him made me want to find out more about his books and other writings.”