Night & Day Archives » Night & Day

Aimless, Yet Straight to the Heart

by

comment
To lift an old line from Muhammad Ali, Billy Collins floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee -- though the sting in this poet's case delivers pleasure, not a sore jaw. Collins is our reigning champ of the light step. In an entertainment/arts culture that often prizes histrionics and heavy breathing above more modest expression, the deftness, whimsy and judicious understatement that characterize his verse pull a large audience; these are the qualities that must endear this two-term United States Poet Laureate to so many average readers who eschew the sterner stuff of much modern poetry. At the same time, Collins' omnipresent artfulness and formal elegance ensure his esteem among more committed arbiters of literary taste. Tonight at 7 p.m. at St. Louis County Library headquarters (1640 South Lindbergh Boulevard, Frontenac; 314-994-3300 or www.slcl.org), you can hear Collins read from his latest collection, Aimless Love. Tickets are $16 to $20 through www.brownpapertickets.com, and admission includes one paperback copy of the book. The event is sponsored by Left Bank Books.
Sat., Nov. 1, 7 p.m., 2014

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.