Notable poet Billy Collins spoke in Hendricks Chapel Wednesday as part of the 2013 University Lectures.
In a packed Hendricks Chapel on a clear autumn night, Billy Collins graced an intent audience with his artistry, warm presence and sense of humor.
As part of the 2013 University Lectures, the community was not only privileged to hear Collins speak, but was also able to share a moment of joy with him, as he found out that his book of poetry entitled Aimless Love, reached No. 15 on The New York Times Bestseller List just minutes before he stood in front of the audience.
The spoken word program encourages SU student poets to think, write and share original works.
Every week, for six weeks, a group of students gathered in the main lounge of Boland Hall, formed a circle and began to talk. They talked about anything — self-image, relationships, school, politics, social issues, life. Then, they used their spoken thoughts and crafted them into poems.
"Take the Mic" pits poets against poets in a verbal slam contest.
17 poets. Two rounds. One winner.
The battle for the “Take the Mic” poetry slam is this week and contestants will be on fire as they scorch their competition with words. Each poet will recite their best original material for up to three minutes in front of five judges. Points will be awarded for stage presence, content, deliver, originality, and time.
Although the top three poets walk away with prizes, only one will be victorious.
The Northern Irish poet and Nobel Prize winner went to college and began writing 'to make sense of a life in that time.'
Tensions between past and present, rural and urban life, the individual and the community dominated the early life of poet Seamus Heaney who grew up in the ethnically torn Northern Ireland countryside.
Heaney, 71, came from a place where he and his family “still plowed with horses, lit the fire in the morning, carried water from wells.”
“In very quick time all that changed," Heaney said.
Rapid industrialization in the 1950s pushed his family to a more urban lifestyle.
Soon afterward, Heaney went to college and began writing “to make sense of a life in that time...