Billy Collins - The Driver's Seat of Poetry: A Live Poetry Session (Online Class)

Saturday, June 19, 2021 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm


Saturday, June 19th • Online

Live • 1:00-4:00pm PT• $75


Get your ticket now for admission to this live poetry session!

 


Please join me for this live, three-hour poetry session. I’ll pull from decades as a literature and poetry professor and tackle many of the enduring questions around how to create and write poetry.

What’s going on in the poet’s mind when he or she is actually composing a poem?  Is it Life and Death? Beauty? Truth? The Environment?  I think the answer for me and many other poets is that there is no room in our heads for such big, capitalized subjects when a poem is underway.  We are mostly thinking about how to keep the poem alive by advancing it line by line, and eventually, how to find an interesting place to stop.

Whether you are a practicing poet yourself, an interested reader of poetry, or both, having access to the inner workings of a poem by seeing the poem from the writer’s point of view will sharpen your abilities as a poet and add to your appreciation as a reader.

Poems arrive in their readers’ hands fully done, cooked, and set in no longer moveable type.  But every poem—even a Shakespeare sonnet—was once a work in progress, a living thing that the poet was still working on, perhaps not having a clue what should come next.

So: what I am offering here is an opportunity to enter poems in a fuller, more imaginative way by beholding their inner workings and by imagining the compositional process the poet might have gone through as the poem evolved from an inky mess on a page to a varnished thing.

We will look at a mix of poems—old and new, familiar and odd.  I will offer some of my own as examples; after all, I was right there when they were written.  We will look at a still unfinished poem of mine, one where the paint is still wet.

This will be an interactive experience, not a lecture on poetry.  Your comments and questions, delivered in real time, will give our gathering its vitality

I hope you will sign-up for this poetry safari.  Pith helmets and insect repellent not required.

Billy Collins is the author of twelve collections of poetry including The Rain in Portugal, Aimless Love, Horoscopes for the Dead, The Trouble with Poetry, Nine Horses, Sailing Alone Around the Room, Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, and Picnic, Lightning. He is also the editor of Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry, 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day, and Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds. His new book is Whale Day: And Other Poems. A former Distinguished Professor at Lehman College of the City University of New York, Billy served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003 and as New York State Poet from 2004 to 2006. In 2016 he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in Florida with his wife Suzannah.

 

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The Rain in Portugal: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780812982688
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - October 17th, 2017

Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812982671
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - October 21st, 2014

Horoscopes for the Dead: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780812975628
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 20th, 2012

The Trouble with Poetry: And Other Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780375755217
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 13th, 2007

Nine Horses: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780375755200
Availability: Backordered
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - October 14th, 2003

Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780375755194
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - September 17th, 2002

Questions About Angels (Pitt Poetry Series) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780822956983
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - January 7th, 1999

The Art Of Drowning (Pitt Poetry Series) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780822955672
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - June 15th, 1995

Picnic, Lightning (Pitt Poetry Series) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780822956709
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - January 29th, 1998

Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry Cover Image
By Billy Collins (Editor), Billy Collins (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812968873
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 25th, 2003

180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day Cover Image
By Billy Collins (Editor)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812972962
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 29th, 2005

Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems about Birds Cover Image
By Billy Collins (Editor), David Sibley (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780231150873
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Columbia University Press - November 6th, 2012

Whale Day: And Other Poems Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780399589751
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House - September 29th, 2020