How Poems End
with Billy Collins
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Explore an approach to reading poetry that isn’t concerned so much with a poem’s meaning as it is with how a poem finds its way through itself, sometimes changing direction, sometimes pausing by the roadside, but especially with how a poem finds a way to conclude.
Billy Collins has a unique place in American letters. No poet since Robert Frost combines such high critical acclaim with such broad popular appeal. He served as Poet Laureate of the United States, his books break sales records, and his readings are often standing room only. His books include Questions about Angels; The Art of Drowning; Picnic, Lightning; Taking off Emily Dickinson’s Clothes; Sailing Alone around the Room; Nine Horses; The Trouble with Poetry; Ballistics; Horoscopes for the Dead, Aimless Love, and The Rain in Portugal.