Billy Collins Live: A Performance at the Peter Norton Symphony Space April 20, 2005

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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...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739320112
  • Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/2/2005
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 693,417
  • Product dimensions: 5.07 (w) x 5.85 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Billy Collins
Billy Collins is the author of six collections of poetry, including Sailing Alone Around the Room; Questions About Angels; The Art of Drowning; and Picnic, Lightning. He is a Distinguished Professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York. Collins is the Poet Laureate of the United States.

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    1. Also Known As:
      William James Collins
    2. Hometown:
      Somers, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 22, 1941
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Holy Cross College, 1963; Ph.D. in Romantic poetry, University of California at Riverside, 1971

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2009

    Billy Collins Live

    I love Billy Collins off-beat humor and subjects in his poetry. Though I have all his books, there is nothing like hearing the poet read his own words. It really MAKES the poems. I bought two copies--one for me and one for a fellow Billy Collins fan whose eyesight does not allow her to read. She knows his work well enough to ask me to read her specific poems, so having a live recording is a real treat. I hope there will be more recordings out soon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2006

    Incredible - check out the animations, too.

    Getting the chance to hear poems read by the author only adds to the effect - this is a great buy. After hearing this I also found some stuff online that everyone else should go check out, too. If you go to google video and search for billy collins you'll find 'The Dead' and 'Forgetfulness' in animated form. Very cool and it's Billy reading. Definitely check them out.

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    Posted February 19, 2009

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