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Kepler's Books
Menlo Park, CA
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Billy Collins
Kepler's Arts & Lectures presents:
An Evening with Billy Collins

Introduction by Ken Fields, poet and Stanford English professor

Saturday, November 9, 7:00 p.m.

Kepler's Arts & Lectures
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025

In partnership with the Stanford Humanities Center

From the two-term Poet Laureate of the United States Billy Collins comes his first compilation of new and selected poems in twelve years. Aimless Love combines more than fifty new poems with selections from four previous booksNine Horses, The Trouble with Poetry, Ballistics, and Horoscopes for the Dead. Collins's unmistakable voice, which brings together plain speech with imaginative surprise, is clearly heard on every page, reminding us how he has managed to enrich the tapestry of contemporary poetry and greatly expand its audience. His work is featured in top literary magazines such as The New Yorker, Poetry, and The Atlantic, and he sells out reading venues all across the country.

By turns playful, ironic, and serious, Collins's poetry captures the nuances of everyday life while leading the reader into zones of inspired wonder. In the poet's own words, he hopes that his poems "begin in Kansas and end in Oz." Touching on the themes of love, loss, joy, and poetry itself, these poems showcase the best work of this "poet of plenitude, irony, and Augustan grace" (The New Yorker).

Billy Collins is the author of ten collections of poetry, including Aimless Love, Horoscopes for the Dead, Ballistics, The Trouble with Poetry, Nine Horses, Sailing Alone Around the Room, Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, and Picnic, Lightning. He is also the editor of Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry, 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day, and Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds. A Distinguished Professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York, and Senior Distinguished Fellow at the Winter Park Institute of Rollins College, he was Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003 and Poet Laureate of New York State from 2004 to 2006.

The Stanford Humanities Center sponsors advanced research into the historical, philosophical, and cultural dimensions of human experience. The Center's international visitors, fellowships, research workshops, and public events strengthen the intellectual and creative life of the University, foster innovative scholarship and teaching, and enrich the community's understanding of our common humanity.

Tickets:
$40 - Admit one - Premium seating includes a copy of "Aimless Love".
$20 - Admit one - General seating. Ticket price does not include book.
$10 - Student; must show ID
 

Books will be available for purchase at the event.

You must have a copy of "Aimless Love" to enter the signing line.

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Kepler's Books (View)
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
United States


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Arts > Literary

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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