Billy Collins

Billy Collins is an American poet, appointed as Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003.

Billy Collins is an American poet, appointed as Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003.

August 18, 2016| Category: Programs and Events

September 10, 7 PM

at St. Johnsbury Academy Fuller Hall

The William Eddy Lecture Series presents readings with Billy Collins

Arguably the most popular poet in America, Billy Collins is an American 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.  The two-time poet laureate and best-selling author will read selections of his work.

This program is free and open to everyone, thanks to the vision and generosity of Bill and Pam Eddy. The William Eddy Lecture Series was established in 2010 to challenge our habits of thinking by bringing nationally-known speakers to St. Johnsbury.

Priority seating is reserved for Fairbanks Museum members from 6 to 6:30pm.  All seats will be open to general admission after 6:30pm.

Reservations are accepted for groups of 10 or more ($5 per person).

EARTHLING – Billy Collins

You have probably come across
those scales in planetariums
that tell you how much you
would weigh on other planets.

You have noticed the fat ones
lingering on the Mars scale
and the emaciated slowing up
the line for Neptune.

As a creature of average weight,
I fail to see the attraction.

Imagine squatting in the wasteland
of Pluto, all five tons of you,
or wandering around Mercury
wondering what to do next with your ounce.

How much better to step onto
the simple bathroom scale,
a happy earthling feeling
the familiar ropes of gravity,

157 pounds standing soaking wet
a respectful distance from the sun.

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