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Carpenter Performing Arts Center, CSULB
6200 Atherton Street Long Beach, CA 90815
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An Evening with Billy Collins
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attended May 21 2011

His poetry is accessible. My wife as a rule does not like poetry, but liked Mr. Collins' reading.
We like his wit --but this is not the poetry that soars with imagery

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“Billy Collins writes lovely poems…Limpid, gently and consistently startling, more serious than they seem, they describe all the worlds that are and were and some others besides.” —John Updike
“Much of Collins’s work is not just deft and cheerful but possessing of a slyly complicated intellectual tone.” —The New York Times


Hailed by The New York Times as “the most popular poet in America,” former U.S. Poet Laureate and best-selling author Billy Collins generates fans all over the world with his incomparable talent for capturing subjects of everyday life—love, death, solitude, youth, and one’s triumphs and defeats. Come to the Carpenter Performing Arts Center for a fascinating and intimate glimpse into the heart and soul of a brilliantly thoughtful man as he reads from his body of work.

Billy Collins will sign books in the lobby immediately following the event.