Billy Collins is the Jerry Seinfeld of poetry. He’s hilariously funny, as he proves in an April 2005 reading recorded for Billy Collins Live (Random House Audio, $19.95), with an introduction by Bill Murray. By careful observation, Collins spins comic gold from the dross of quotidian suburban life. His voice, a Newhartish deadpan that is measured but never fussy, wrings laughs any stand-up would envy. Consider ”The Revenant,” perhaps the least sentimental poem ever written about a pet dog. The canine in question, now in heaven, addresses his master with a catalog of complaint: ”I hated the car, the rubber toys,/ disliked your friends and, worse, your relatives/The jingling of my tags drove me mad/You always scratched me in the wrong place.”
Billy Collins Live Billy Collins is the Jerry Seinfeld of poetry. He's hilariously funny, as he proves in an April 2005 reading recorded for Billy Collins LiveBilly Collins LivePoetry, NonfictionBilly Collins Billy Collins is the Jerry Seinfeld of poetry. He's hilariously funny, as he proves in an April 2005 reading recorded for Billy Collins Live2005-11-23Random House
Genre: Poetry, Nonfiction; Author: Billy Collins; Status: In Season; Publisher: Random House
Posted November 23 2005 — 12:00 AM EST
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