Academic Forum

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Campusdichter: cultuur op de campus concreet en zichtbaar maken

Over de campusdichter

Jaarlijks wordt binnen Tilburg University een student of medewerker benoemd tot campusdichter. In de afgelopen jaren heeft de campusdichter zich uitgesproken over het campusleven, studie en wetenschap, over actuele thema's uit de samenleving, over emoties, over het leven. De campusdichter maakt daarmee cultuur op de campus heel concreet en zichtbaar. Het campusdichterschap biedt daarmee een platform aan nieuw ontluikend literair talent. Dit laat zien dat Tilburg University haar culturele en maatschappelijke missie serieus neemt. 

Als organisator wil Academic Forum de campusdichter graag een breed podium bieden en hem of haar vaak aan het woord laten komen, bijvoorbeeld de opening van het Academisch Jaar, de Nieuwjaarsreceptie en de Diesviering. Daarnaast mag de campusdichter bij actuele gebeurtenissen die zich in de stad, het land of de wereld voordoen, niet ontbreken. Hetzelfde geldt voor (studiegerelateerde) bijeenkomsten vanuit een faculteit of interdisciplinaire programma's van Academic Forum.

Daarnaast is het inmiddels traditie dat de campusdichters samenwerken met de Tilburgse stadsdichters. Ze worden gevraagd voor optredens tijdens de Tilburgse boekenweekmanifestaties en literaire avonden, in de bibliotheek en tijdens debatavonden. Zo maken de campusdichters de Tilburgse universiteit op een heel andere manier, via de poëzie, zichtbaar in de stad.

image Lotte Claassen - campus poet 2017

De huidige campusdichter is Lotte Claassen.  


Voor meer info: zie Facebook (link wordt nog geüpdatet).

Bekijk op de Tilburg University Facebook de video van Lotte

Impostor syndrome

There's nothing I'm better at than self-doubt

but I feel like I'd be a natural at drowning to death

My brain knows perfectly how to simulate the feeling, even right now

others are smoothly sailing and I am just a mess


Campus is a set for the Truman show

and everyone else is on the joke

I make references to literature I didn't understand

this facade won't take you long to uncloak


I'll hand in all my essays

mimic what actually smart people say

Tomorrow you might be onto me

but I'll fake cleverness today

Other People’s Feelings


I could sit in Mensa and eavesdrop on people all day

maybe don't try being friends with your ex right away


he said he wasn’t sure where to go from here

as they kept moving backwards, trying to

play the parts they’d always known

together, they were frozen

in the roles they’d since outgrown

they slept on a mattress meant for one

wore shoes a size too small

their way of making up was by ignoring

they ever had a fight at all


they’d just get take-out at their old place

he’d have noodles and she’d get white rice

because sticking to a pattern

could never hurt them, right

with silence like a ghost between them

she’d look at him with distaste

at that point she was unaware  

how hard he would be to erase 


when they broke up, they did it mutually

it was no more than a rational choice

she wouldn't cry, she told her friends

instead she would rejoice

though she looked through his Facebook for photos

taken at new years

and sat there in his t-shirt

clutching those final souvenirs


but hey, she’s in between things now

and she could meet for coffee

she’ll move some things around

and meet him there at half three

‘being friends like this is good for us’                                     

she reminds herself again

she just needs to get through today  
keep breathing if she can

Two haikus

Next up, two haikus about being distracted by small things, mostly memories

(truthfully, the 5-7-5 set up only works if you assume 0 is read like 'oh', rather than 'zero')


haunting a campus is no fun:


hear it in the soft

hum of the airco vents in

g z 1 0 1


I remember most

clearly from that lecture the

whispers of a ghost