Monday, January 26, 2009

Bill Murray on Billy Collins

The next poet to be covered in the 3 Poems Discussion group will be Billy Collins, who will be doing a reading at the Drue Heinz lecture series here in Pittsburgh. While doing the background readings and research, I ran into an introduction by Bill Murray of Billy Collins for a 2005 reading that is available to purchase and which I highly recommend.

Good ol' Bill says it all. Plus the Cheeze Whiz haiku. Oh, yeah.

In addition, you can find free downloads of Collins reading his work via his website and at the Internet archive: The Best Cigarette by Billy Collins. Gotta love Open Source.

Finally, here's a site that has gathered together a bunch of Collins poems set to video, including a couple of him reading. Folks have nearly as much fun with his work as he does.

The following is the first of the 12 videos in order to tempt you to click through:




PS Here's a link to one of the videos that is missing from the above page, here's a link to the other missing video.


Charles Gramlich said...

Wow, that is so cool. I love the idea of the druid mouse, the firestarter. Really put an interesting perspective on it.

Ed Baker said...

his gray beard

neat that the photo is
b & w
/and the post/links

Greg Schwartz said...

pretty cool, hearing Bill Murray introduce Billy Collins. a nice collision of worlds.

Ed - nice haiku!

Anonymous said...

Hey Bill and Billy:

we'll "do lunch" sometime
have yr agent call my agent
and, Bill-Billy; I really LOVED you in The Nutty Professor!

never did understand why you and Dean broke-up the act!


Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Thanks, Charles and Greg. Ed, great poem! Thanks twice.

Plodding along,

Benjamin said...

Thanks for linking to me.
I love Billy Collins
and I adore Bill Murray.
That really was a treat.


Issa's Untidy Hut said...

You are welcome.