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 Live (Random… 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 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
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