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Poetic Hydraulics with Billy Collins

Simple as it may sound, this workshop will focus on the poem's transit from its beginning, through its middle to the end--so not to leave anything out. We will observe how a poem launches itself, how it finds reasons to continue to flow, and how it finally discovers a place to settle at the end. We will also examine a number of verbal maneuvers that can brighten a poem and even liberate it from itself, much to everyone's surprise and delight! In the right hands, of course.   (July 10-21)


Billy Collins

Billy Collins    is the author of 12 collections of poetry, most recently    The Rain in Portugal  (Random House, 2016). Others titles include    Aimless Love, Horoscopes for the Dead   Questions About Angels   The Art of Drowning Sailing Alone Around the Room   Nine Horses   Ballistics  and    Picnic, Lightning . He is also the editor of three anthologies:    Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry   180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Everyday , and    Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Bird Poems . His poems have been published in a variety of periodicals including    The New Yorker   Harper's   The Atlantic , and    The American Scholar , and his work appears regularly in    Best American Poetry . A Guggenheim Fellow and a New York Public Library Literary Lion, he is a former Distinguished Professor at Lehman College, City University of New York, and a Distinguished Fellow of the Winter Park Institute at Rollins College. He served as New York State Poet (2004-5) and United States Poet Laureate (2001-2003). He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. 




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