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Billy Collins on Writing Poetry

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Billy Collins, Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003 and Poet Laureate of New York State from 2004 to 2006, talks about the art of writing poetry and his latest collection, Horoscopes for the Dead: Poems.

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Billy Collins

Comments [2]

bryan marx from downtown

911 (poem 2)

the rain will weep

There is sacred dust everywhere
on the roof
under the table -- hiding from the rain
dust lies thick in some places
collects in little pools
aggregates
they lay in the streets the dust
as thin as skin
congregate where the waters run
like at the market
some dust is mixed with particles
some with burned little shreds of paper
memos forever unknown
not sorted filed
in some places the rivulets from the wash
leave rib like impressions,
structures in the mud
as if the mud must breathe
must create lungs anew for a last breath
to say the unsaid
before a last gasp
infinity
and then the center
collapses
for the center could not hold
things flew apart
dust of an international soul has taken flight,
off to Asia my lovelies
dear sisters and brothers
you shall travel
and the rain will weep you
all over the world . . . . . .

Post 911 ?9 days?
(having listened i could not resist)

Apr. 13 2011 01:25 PM
Mark from Maplewood, NJ

Just heard Mr. Colliins on your show, reading the poem which is the title of the collection.

Wow.

Apr. 13 2011 01:13 PM

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