Billy Collins Muses About “Aimless Love” and Humorous Poetry

Billy Collins, one of America’s most acclaimed poets, sat down with PBS News Hour to discuss his new poetry collection, Aimless Love, and how he brings humor to a medium that isn’t particularly known for its humor. The former Poet Laureate begins by admitting that when he was younger he took poetry more seriously and didn’t allow a sense of fun in his work because he believed that all poets were miserable. But he later adds that writing funny poems is also quite difficult because you have to make sure that your poetry sounds authentic. After all, you can’t pretend to be funny! Whether you’re a long-time fan of poetry or just starting to read different poets, Billy Collins’ interview is both amusing and inspiring, proving that not all poetry has to be about tortured artists.

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