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I’m compelled to write in these times of unrest because poetry is political, and because darkness and dark times need light.

Crystal Simone Smith, Duke Humanities Unbounded Fellow and member of the North Carolina Haiku Society

Five haiku poets of the Carolina African American Writers’ Collective gathered in the Nasher Museum Sculpture Garden and responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and the global protest movement against police brutality toward Black and brown lives.

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