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Sunday, December 24, 2006

Attention Billy Collins Fans

Before I forget (again), Billy Collins made an appearance on A Prairie Home Companion on Dec 16th. The show is available online to enjoy the Garrison Keillor and the gang doing the weekly show.

In particular:

00:18:04 GK intros Billy Collins
00:18:55 Billy Collins intros and reads "Tension"
00:22:05 Billy intros and reads "The Golden Years"
00:24:56 Billy intros and reads "The Revenant"

00:47:48 Guy Noir Script
Billy has a role in this skit

01:50:20 GK intro of Billy
01:50:40 Billy intros and reads "Adage"
01:51:56 Billy intros and reads "The Trouble With Poetry"
01:54:06 GK thanks Billy


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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:17 PM) : 

i'm looking for the words to "adage," by billy collins. does anyone out there know where i can find it, either in conventional text or online? thanks!


Anonymous bryn said ... (10:53 PM) : 

I too have looked for them. I thought they were in the book the trouble with poetry but I purchased it and it isn't. It's a good book though.


Anonymous bryn said ... (11:09 PM) : 

I also looked through the table of contents on a bunch of his books on amazon. It's not in:
questions about angels
nine horses
the art of drowning
picnic lightning
the apple that astonished paris

someday I will go back and listen to the prairie home companion show again and type up the words


Blogger Steve Sherlock said ... (5:52 AM) : 

bryn, thanks for your efforts in looking for these words. You efforts are much appreciated.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:30 PM) : 

Here's what I managed to glean from the online reading (I have no idea where the breaks are) hopefully he will release it on cd or book soon

billy collins "adage"

when it's late at night and branches are banging against the windows
you might think that love is just a matter of leaping out of the frying pan of yourself in to the fire of someone else
but it's a little more complicated than that
it's more like trading the two birds who might be hiding in that bush for the one you are not holding in your hand
a wise man once said that love was like forcing a horse to drink
but then everyone stopped thinking of him as wise
let us be clear about something,
love is not as simple as getting up on the wrong side of the bed wearing the emperor's clothes
no it's more like the pen feels after it has defeated the sword
it's a little like the penny saved or the nine dropped stitches
you look at me through the halo of the last candle
and tell me that love is a ill wind that has no turning a road that blows no good
no, i'm hear to remind you that love as our shadows tremble on the walls
that love is the early bird that is better late than never


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