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Intersection: Billy Collins

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Billy Collins. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Billy Collins. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

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Billy Collins’ latest collection of poetry made it onto the New York Times best-seller list.

The former U.S. poet laureate joins Intersection to read from his newest collection The Rain in Portugal and talk about poetry’s place in modern life.

Collins says awarding Bob Dylan the Nobel Prize in literature was a good move, but he says there are few other songwriters whose lyrics could stand up as works of literature without the music. 

And he says a new podcast he’s launching could help a younger audience get hooked on poetry.

Listen to Billy Collins read ‘Dream Life’:

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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of earthquakes, criminal trials and rugby ... Read Full Bio »