BONUS FEATURE: Includes a 5-minute live introduction by actor Bill Murray
In this exclusive audio publishing event, Billy Collins, former U.S. Poet Laureate, shares an evening of his poetry in a benefit reading for WNYC, New York Public Radio. Often compared to Robert Frost, his poetry has been embraced by people of all ages and backgrounds, and his readings are most often standing room only.
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.
If you love poetry, you'll delight listening to this poet read his work.Published 1 month 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 3 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 3 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 3 months ago by Charlotte Friedland
Wonderful and enjoyable listening over and over. Live performance which is preferable as we catch the audience reactions. Good choice for your first experience with billy Collins. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Actor woman
Every poem is a joy, I've followed him for years and think he's the greatest living American poet, Avis WeeksPublished 9 months ago by Avis Weeks
The best poems from America's best poet. Neat introduction by Bill Murray. I like the fact that although Murray is a comedian, he has the soul of a poet; and that the poet Billy... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Thomas F. Schaefer