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Billy Collins: A Gracious, Open Voice in Poetry (APRIL 3)


Winner of the Mark Twain Prize for Humor in Poetry and twice named as America’s Poet Laureate, Billy Collins has earned remarkable popularity for his work. As one critic observed, “Rarely has anyone written poems that appear so transparent on the surface yet become so ambiguous, thought provoking, or simply wise once the reader has peered into the depths.” Collins invites the reader to join him in exploring “ordinary life in just a few ordinary words.” Mixing humor with insight, he warns us, “I like poems that begin in Kansas and end up in Oz.”

 The class will focus on works from his collection, Aimless Love (2013). Participants are encouraged to bring their own favorite Collins poems for discussion.

Instructor Biography

Mary Murphy received her Ph.D. from New York University. Her expertise is in the 19th century American novel. Newport artists and writers are an area of particular interest.

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