Thursday, March 19, 2009

Billy Collins - 2008 Dodge Poetry Festival

From the 2008 Dodge Poetry Festival, Billy Collins reads three poems. This was from the Friday afternoon "sampler" where all the major poets got up to do 2 or 3 poems right after one another. It was an orgy of words and images in different voices.

Thankfully, the Dodge Foundation is now making the video available. Viewing this, I can step back in time, sit under the tent and get lost again.

For those who were not able to attend, picture walking across lush green lawns, crossing a dirt path, entering a large white tent. There is no circus. No animals. No one hawking "Peanuts, popcorn, candy!"

Just chairs arranged in rows facing the stage. Other folks are entering from left and right, all moving to find a seat close to the stage. There is a buzz not unlike church service, for we are gathering to hear great words from wonderful voices.

Take a seat. Relax. Enjoy!