On Monday evening, Billy Collins was the final speaker in the Pen & Podium series. He was USA’s poet laureate and considers himself a “poetry evangelist.” He says his goal is to get people to read poetry “before their anti-poetry shield goes up.”
Collins (whose real first name is William) is the one who advocated poetry on subway cars in New York City and on cereal boxes. He says “poems can come from unexpected places.” He read his poem about a dead dog who never loved his master as proof.
He was witty and charming and entertaining, a fitting wrap-up speaker for the series.