On Thursday June 6, 2019, Billy Collins, former Poet Laureate of the United States (2001-2003) will be the guest of honor at the Spring Luncheon of the Holy Cross Club of Cape Cod. Following lunch, Mr. Collins, an Alumnus of the College of the Holy Cross Class of 1963, will offer some remarks, read selections from his poetry and offer a Q & A session. A book signing will follow for those who wish to meet him personally. Needless to say this is an exciting event for our Club and one that we wish to share with select groups across the Commonwealth.
Billy Collins is an American phenomenon. No poet since Robert Frost has managed to combine high critical acclaim with such broad popular appeal. His work has appeared in a variety of periodicals including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The American Scholar, he is a Guggenheim fellow and a New York Public Library “Literary Lion.” His last three collections of poems have broken sales records for poetry. His readings are usually standing room only, and his audience – enhanced tremendously by his appearances on National Public Radio – includes people of all backgrounds and age groups. The poems themselves best explain this phenomenon. The typical Collins poem opens on a clear and hospitable note but soon takes an unexpected turn; poems that begin in irony may end in a moment of lyric surprise. No wonder Collins sees his poetry as “a form of travel writing” and considers humor “a door into the serious.” It is a door that many thousands of readers have opened with amazement and delight.
Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.