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MONDAY, NOV. 8, 2010, NOON

Billy Collins Makes Poetry Enjoyable

I've forced myself to enjoy poetry since I read a feature story on Walt Whitman in a National Geographics while working out on an exercise bike some years ago. The writer suggested reading poetry out loud, if you had trouble understanding or enjoying the form. I did that with "Leaves of Grass" and later Emily Dickinson's poetry. However, it wasn't until I read Billy Collins's work that I got the hang of poetry. Last week, I checked out Collins's "Ballistics" from the Coeur d'Alene Library. Before scanning the book for me, the librarian mentioned that Collins was also her favorite, and that a poem about "Canada" had particularly spoken to her. "More people would enjoy poetry, if they read Billy Collins," she said. I agree. I (heart) Collins's insightful poem, "New Year's Day." (You can hear & see Billy Collins reading his poetry here)

Question: Who is your favorite poet?

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