Folger Poetry Board Reading
He is the author of several volumes of poetry, most recently Whale Day, and his many honors and awards include the Poetry Foundation’s Mark Twain Award for Humor in Poetry.
Collins follows in the steps of noted poets Seamus Heaney, Rita Dove, Octavio Paz, Gwendolyn Brooks, former British Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion, and current British Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, all former Folger Poetry Board Readers, a designation which began in 1991 with Mr. Heaney.
From Introduction to Poetry
…I say drop a mouse into a poem
and watch him probe his way out,
or walk inside the poem’s room
and feel the walls for a light switch.
I want them to waterski
across the surface of a poem
waving at the author’s name on the shore…
Excerpt from Billy Collins, Introduction to Poetry from The Apple that Astonished Paris. Copyright ©1988, 1996 by Billy Collins. Reprinted with the permission of the University of Arkansas Press.
This reading is co-sponsored by the Folger Shakespeare Library and The National Gallery of Art.
The O.B. Hardison Poetry Series is pleased to partner with East City Bookshop, an independently run, women owned bookstore on Capitol Hill. Pickup is available at the shop, or they ship (almost) anywhere! Check their website, eastcitybookshop.com.
We recommend purchasing a copy of the poet’s work prior to the reading so that you can follow along with the reading from your home.