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Billy Collins on recognizing a good poem

The Rattle Bag: How did you get better at recognizing the makings of a good poem? Collins: I think just practice, trial and error, and spending too much time on poems that weren’t going anywhere, trying to force poems into … Continue reading

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Billy Collins on the beginnings of his poems: an honest answer

The Rattle Bag: Why are the beginnings of your poems uninteresting? Collins: I tend to start simply. I don’t want to assume anything on the reader’s part. So, I start with something that everybody knows or a simple declaration, like … Continue reading

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Bringing poetry to the masses: a talk with Billy Collins

Billy Collins is one of the best selling poets in the country. In 2001, Collins’ skill was recognized big time when he was named U.S. Poet Laureate. Collins and The Dodge Poetry Festival share a common goal: to bring poetry … Continue reading

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Poetry for the masses: a talk with Billy Collins

The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation has pulled back funding that was allocated for the 2010 Dodge Poetry Festival. Metaphorically speaking, that leaves the roughly 20,000 poetry fans who endured four rainy, fall days to attend last year’s festival out in … Continue reading

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