Clattery MacHinery on Poetry

September 16, 2006

Billy Collins: An Evening with the former U.S. Poet Laureate

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Below is the original post made at Bud Bloom poetry, when it was possible to link to Billy Collins’ evening at UC Santa Barbara on September 15, 2003. In its stead, click on his picture to go to the Online Newshour show of Elizabeth Farnsworth’s December 10, 2001 interview of Billy Collins, in which he discusses poetry and reads two of them, “Introduction to Poetry” and “Design“.
 

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Also, click on this photo collage to go to a site of Billy Collins action poetry, where you will find his poetry readings set to animation.
 

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And you can click on the photo of his book “The Best Cigarette” to download it for free in its entirety.
 

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Original post below.
 

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[Now-unavailable video was here.]

Voices

UC Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures

presents

Billy Collins

United States Poet Laureate, 2001-2003

 

“U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins delights a UCSB audience with his poetry which he sees as a ‘form of travel writing’ with humor as ‘a door into the serious.’ It is a door that many thousands of readers have opened with amazement and delight.”
 

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September 14, 2006

Jack Kerouac, the 20th Century’s Greatest Poet: One Hour of Video

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The original Bud Bloom post contained video that is now unavailable online. Here, we begin instead with the video “Lowell Blues”, a film by Henry Ferrini. Here is a quote from the Ferrini Productions site: “Lowell Blues is a 30 minute Film Poem fusing language, music and image to explore Jack Kerouac’s childhood holyland–Lowell Massachusetts. The film is excerpted from Kerouac’s novel, Dr. Sax that is set in his hometown.”

 

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Here is the 1959 film “Pull My Daisy”, with Gregory Corso & Alan Ginsberg, and produced by Robert Frank & Alfred Leslie. This was included in the original post.
 

 

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And here in three parts, replacing his reading with Steve Allen, is Jack Kerouac reading from “On the Road”:

 

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