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Billy Collins Live: A Performance at the Peter Norton Symphony Space April 20, 2005 Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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Performed by the author at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City, Billy Collins reads 24 of his poems, including "Dharma" --a spiritual yet humbling ode to man's best friend, "The Lanyard--an amusing recollection about the popular, if not pointless, summer camp pastime, and "Consolation" --a tongue-in-cheek reflection of a cancelled European trip, and the benefits of staying home instead. In addition to the poetry readings, Collins also spends some time in a brief question and answer session where he reflects on what makes good poetry, his own process of reaching his audiences as a poet, the success of his Poetry 180 programs in schools nationwide, and an amusing sidebar on his memories growing up as an only child. At times pensive and sardonic, amusing and subtly sarcastic, "Billy Collins Live celebrates both the simple and the complex in a language that appeals to all.
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Which is why I love this CD so much. In a little more than an hour, Billy Collins completely changes my mind about what poetry should be like. It's funny. It's witty. He's actually writing for an audience that isn't full of fellow poets who think that "deep" is a substitute for entertaining. And yes, it's entertaining. The poem about the dog that he put to sleep is sad and funny. The summer camp poem actually reminded me of that stupid craft that I also made at summer camp - only in the 80s instead of the 60s. The haiku poem was great and the poem about looking out the window was just too amazing. And the simile poem is a beautiful slap in the face to the simile and metaphor.
I'm sure that Billy Collins has some detractors. I don't know why. But when I go to poetry readings and I listen to the droning of the metaphor and rhythm I'm sure that many of the professional poets envy him. Or declare him too simple. But he's not simple at all. He's just that funny and entertaining. Sure, I also like poems that have multiple themes from all societies and Catheryne Valente does those very well, but for now I'm going to let Billy Collins restore my faith in poetry.
Just don't ask me to go to your professor's poetry reading.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Billy Collins poetry read by the man himself. I recommend it.Published 15 months ago by Reads A Lot
If you love poetry, you'll delight listening to this poet read his work.Published 21 months ago by J. Richard Hunt
My book group read his new collection and when we met we listened to this whole reading..We all really enjoyed it. I also bought it for a gift and my friend loved it..Published 22 months ago by Barbara Stein
Whether you are a fan of Billy Collins, as I am, or even whether poetry is a sometime thing for you, you will love this performance. Read morePublished 22 months ago by ann madigan
It's great to hear a poet read his own works. As I read his poems, I can hear his voice giving them his own particular style.Published 22 months ago by Charlotte Friedland