poetry

December 9, 2015 - 2:55pm
Centro driver Mickey Mahan says his job provides him with inspiration and practice to be a poet.

Centro bus driver Mickey Mahan recites his poems while he drives the Route 344 bus from Syracuse University’s South Campus to the main campus every morning. He adopted his nickname, “The Flying Busman,” from “The Flying Dutchman,” a folklore about a ghost ship that sailed the ocean forever.

Mahan describes his job as a perfect fit for him because it provides him with inspiration and the space to practice his poetry. The city view gives him ideas about poetry, and he writes poems when his bus stops.

December 8, 2015 - 9:51pm
Transmedia seniors Kevin Sampaio and Danny Peña wanted to create a space for a large amount of artists to share small pieces of work, and a little bit of themselves.

The Micro Expressions event, hosted by transmedia seniors Kevin Sampaio and Danny Peña, took place this past Saturday night, December 5th at Spark Contemporary Art Space. Students were invited to showcase all forms of art such as their poetry, music, video art, sculptures, photos and paintings.

December 7, 2015 - 5:09pm
Eleven students compete to be top poet in skill, presence and content at Verbal Blend's 6th annual poetry competition.

One mic: one voice.

December 4, 2015 - 6:40am
Anti-sexual assault organization, The Girl Code Movement, hosted Create the Space, an open mic night where student performers shared their thoughts about social issues.

 The Girl Code Movement held their first open mic night called Create the Space on Thursday. In partnership with Syracuse University’s Intergroup Dialogue Program, the free event gave student singers, musicians, poets and performers an open platform to express and discuss social issues on the SU campus, particularly relating to race, gender and sexual assault.

October 29, 2015 - 4:10pm
The LGBT Resource Center hosted four poets at "Dear Straight People," the keynote event for Coming Out Month.

“Dear Straight People: Congratulations, we made it to 2015 without having this conversation,” Yazmin Monet Watkins said in front of a lively audience that snapped and cheered at Hendricks Chapel on Tuesday night.

October 8, 2014 - 10:31pm
A free workshop on writing love poetry at the DeWitt Community Library brings quirky and touching moments from community members.

Love can be an erupting volcano, purring, the emotional trajectory of a yo-yo or even an aardvark. These were just some of the thoughts shouted out by eager participants in a free love poetry workshop held at the DeWitt Community Library. Local poet and retired librarian Martin Willitts Jr., 65, had invited the dozen or so members of the crowd to expand their definition of love through free association, while he scrawled their responses on a large sheet of paper.   

April 21, 2014 - 1:28pm
Robert McNeill, who drives both the Shuttle 44 and the Shuttle U Home, talks about his different experiences transporting people late at night.

Robert McNeill is a former Syracuse University student and army veteran who is currently employed as a driver for Shuttle 44 under the Department of Public Safety. He also drives the Shuttle U Home for Students for Community Safety, a branch of DPS.

October 30, 2013 - 11:20pm
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.

June 15, 2011 - 11:09pm
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.

April 20, 2010 - 11:03am
"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.