Billy Collins, former United States poet laureate, and Garrison Keillor, host of A Prairie Home Companion, return to the Y to read favorite poems from their new anthologies 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day (Mr. Collins) and Good Poems for Hard Times (Mr. Keillor).More
Presented here as "dueling anthologists", poets Billy Collins and Garrison Keillor nevertheless reveal themselves as kindred spirits in this open forum from the 92nd Street Y. Indeed, the pair have not only shared the microphone on many an episode of A Prairie Home Companion, but also share stylistic sensibilities, the playful, humorous tone of their verse deeply ingrained in contemporary Americana. The two are in fine form here, trading clever quips and droll double entendres with patently poetic stoicism and insight. The good friends have plenty of facetious fun with their "dueling" descriptor, but their contributions to contemporary poetry - as authors, disciples, and living archives of their peers’ work - are undeniably clear, as the anthologists take turns performing their favorite verse.
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