Thursday, November 6, 2008

The Poets Laureate were amazing! The two of them got up there are took good-natured potshots art one another for a bit, then read their poetry. It was like a cross between standup comedy and..well, a poetry reading. But minus any pretension. Kay Ryan was particularly willing to interrupt herself and make jokes at her own expense. I liked her poetry before; now I officially consider myself a fan.

Best of all, Billy Collins read 'Tension', which is my favorite of his poems, because it is a study in aspectual adverbials and their coercive effects on event semantics. These poets, give them an adverb and they really know what to do with it.

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