The ride between East and West campuses on a Duke bus takes about seven minutes, plenty of time for a quick chat, a last-minute study session, and now, a poem. Thanks to the efforts of Deborah Pope, professor of English, and Beverly Meek, an assistant in the arts outreach and communication program, the interior of twenty-five buses are now adorned with excerpts from well-known poems chosen by Pope's students.
The displays are just one of many projects that Pope says create a "critical mass" of poetry on campus. Interactive "poetry generator" software allows visitors to the Link in Perkins Library to create their own poems on a large touch screen, and a mixed-media poetry installation plays in the East Duke Building's corridor gallery. A conference, "Life Lines: Poetry for Our Patients, Our Communities, Ourselves," aimed at bringing together poets and health-care providers to discuss the therapeutic use of poetry, will be held on campus May 21 to 23.
Poetry in Public
Verse covers campus buses, walls, and conference halls
June 1, 2010