Billy Collins’ use of humor is one of the most distinguishing characteristics of his poetry.  In this benefit performance for WNYC, comedian Bill Murray begins the evening with a delightfully witty introduction and an homage to the former Poet Laureate.

In a performance at the Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City on April 20, 2005, Billy Collins shared 24 of his poems. In addition to the readings, Collins also spent some time in a question and answer session where he reflected on what makes good poetry, his own process of reaching his audience as a poet, the success of his Poetry 180 programs in schools nationwide, and an amusing sidebar on his memories of growing up as an only child.

Introduced by Academy Award®-winning actor Bill Murray, this intimate evening celebrates both the simple and the complex in a language that appeals to all.

01. Bill Murray Introduction
02. Refocused on Billy Collins
03. You, Reader
04. Monday
05. The Order of the Day
06. Dharma
07. The Revenant
08. The Trouble with Poetry
09. Litany
10. The Long Day
11. Flock
12. Surprise
13. Constellations
14. No Time
15. The Lanyard
16. Ornithography
17. Building with Its Face Blown Off
18. The Country
19. More Than a Woman
20. Sonnet
21. Forgetfulness
22. Nostalgia
23. Prize-Winning Haiku
24. Japan
25. Consolation
26. Night Club
27. Question & Answer