Billy Collins Live (2005) 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… 2005-08-02 Nonfiction Poetry Random House
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Billy Collins Live (2005)

Billy Collins Live | BILLY THE KIDDER Collins is the Oprah of poetry
BILLY THE KIDDER Collins is the Oprah of poetry
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Details Release Date: Aug 02, 2005; Writer: Billy Collins; Genres: Nonfiction, Poetry; Publisher: Random House

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.''

Originally posted Nov 18, 2005 Published in issue #851 Nov 25, 2005 Order article reprints