Billy Collins: "Aimless Love: New And Selected Poems"

Billy Collins at D.G. Wills Books, San Diego, on Oct. 20, 2008. 
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Billy Collins at D.G. Wills Books, San Diego, on Oct. 20, 2008.

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Billy Collins: "Aimless Love: New And Selected Poems"

Billy Collins has been called the most famous poet in America. The former U.S. Poet Laureate on his new collection, how he writes a poem and his efforts to bring poetry to public spaces.

Billy Collins describes his poetry like an eye chart: the letter at the top is clear but by the bottom you are squinting and hopefully a little confused. Known for his accessible, unpretentious and often humorous style, Collins has been called the most popular poet in America. He has used his fame to lift poetry from the libraries and the halls of academia into public spaces. Through a variety of initiatives, Collins has brought poetry to the sides of subway cars and buses -- he even created a poetry channel for Delta Airlines. His latest book is “Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems." Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins joins Diane for the hour.

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Billy Collins

Author of 10 collections of poetry. His latest is “Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems”. He was U.S. Poet Laureate from 2001 to 2003 and New York State Poet Laureate from 2004 to 2006. He is a distinguished professor of English at the City University of New York.

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Excerpted from "Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems" by Billy Collins. Copyright © 2013 by Billy Collins. Excerpted by permission of Random House. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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