Billy Collins, Two-Time Poet Laureate

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Two-term Poet Laureate of the United States, Billy Collins, discusses putting together his first compilation of new and selected poems in 12 years, Aimless Love. He talks about his singular voice, which combines plain speech with imaginative surprise.


Billy Collins

Comments [4]

What an unexpectedly (b/c I wouldn't normally tune in to hear a poet talk) delightful segment, Thanks to you both.

Jan. 23 2014 01:13 PM
Mike from Manhattan

I'm a young aspiring poet. I'd love to hear your thoughts on getting published. Is it more or less difficult these days? How does one go about getting published?

Jan. 23 2014 12:57 PM
Franci from Roosevelt Island

When my mother died years ago, the poems of Billy Collins helped me through a difficult mourning.

I sent him a thank you card and he graciously responded.

His is poetry for all seasons.

Thank you again!


Jan. 23 2014 12:51 PM
Nick from UWS

Personally, I associate metaphor with BAD poetry. As soon as someone writes "The sun rose like a X...", I'm bored, and it immediately points out the insufficiency of words to describe something. Great poems use simple reality to induce feelings in the reader.

Jan. 23 2014 12:47 PM

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