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"billy collins" Discussed on The Diane Rehm Show
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"billy collins" Discussed on Diane Rehm: On My Mind
"Thank you truly. I want to ask you what you are thankful for this year. Well i think that i still alive. not just because i'm older now but because of the circumstances i'm still pretty healthy and alive. I'm thankful for every day. Experience of thank god for having a loving wife and also just the experience of walking around. I think we forget so much. We get tied up in our routines but It's just that cliche of stopping the smell the roses but there are things everywhere you don't have to an actual rose just the daily experience just yesterday. At seven twenty-seven esther evening we were on a new smyrna beach and we watched a lot rocket launch. This phosphorus lit up the sky with this foss rhetoric brightness and that settled out and then it became like an ember. You know at the end of the list cigarette and then it disappeared. That's a little too much for me to write about because you know it's too much in itself i'd rather pick a thing and and examine it. I think gratitude is attention is really informative gratitude so looking at things without any purpose also spending a half an hour day doing nothing. That's something that's very hard to do these days. I mean it sounds easy. Because he's they do a lot less. I up doing nothing. Well not really doing something almost all the time. If he actually tried to do nothing for half an hour something will happen. You'll you'll of you'll access something within maybe right. Appel baby. Even right above the they. Would you find a please read for us. The garland which is on the back of your new be happy to in the garland. I would like to be laid to rest in a big tomb. Top by the stone figure of an angel who appears to have landed there in order to saab forevermore. Her face buried in her bed arm one folded wing hanging by her side. Then whenever i found the time to visit my own grave after approaching with slow respectful steps. I.
"billy collins" Discussed on The Diane Rehm Show
"Here is the rest of my conversation with poet. Billy collins from this past november. You have a poem in his book about your parents. And i gather in in many ways. Your mother was your first poetry teacher. Can you read that poem and then tell us about your parents. Is this the convergence poem. Yes of course but convergence of my parents. This morning i am looking out my window at a crowd of white irises imagining that. I am my mother in nineteen thirty four looking out the window of her train the one she wrote from toronto to los angeles to work as a nurse in queen of angels hospital only train has outside a little town somewhere in the mid west and she is looking out at the ira says and someone's garden around that time maybe my young father from massachusetts was writing another train from boston to galveston to work as electra. Shen on an offshore oil rei a man who was more likely to be reading a newspaper than admiring the flowers in strangers garden. But who must have spent some time looking out at the scenery wondering about himself and baby. A field of wildflowers went flashing by. I wouldn't be here looking at irises or anything else. Had they not found each other years later the non parallel lines of their lives meeting in new york. Or i was born because i wanted to be close to my mother. As my father liked joe she was still a nurse and he was her patient. It had been struck on the forehead by tool. a coworker. had mishandled. And that is the story of how i got here how. I pulled out of the first station of my life. So they're amusing train metaphor and miami. Both of my parents didn't married to deliver late charities. They met in a. I forgot what hospital in a hospital in new york. Where he he was her patient. My father was from lowell massachusetts My mother was a born a of farming town hundred miles north of toronto and he became an electrician. She became a nurse to allow them to go anywhere and so for some reason they both had this wonder less than they travelled around the country. Mo- mostly by train. My mother going as far as los angeles who were to work in a hospital there as you also worked for a rich woman who went to grow up to bounce and lake louise and as she traveled all of she was really gonna pro feminist going out on her own sometimes traveling with a nurse friend and my father was doing the same thing criss crossing the country working as electricity..
"billy collins" Discussed on The Diane Rehm Show
"Diane martin had an interview idea with poet billy collins last november we wanted to share it again in recognition national poetry month with the pandemic began the former. Us poet laureate started livestreaming himself on facebook reading his own poems. And some paper. It's written by uh others. It struck cord is fans who now tune in lake surprising for decades collins has held the unique title of best selling his workup and examined see every day the domestic that personal now seventy nine not just his fourteenth poetry collection titled whale day in it. He turns his attention to mortality but poems her not rose. They're filled with colin signature schumer and din overwhelming.
"billy collins" Discussed on Balanced Mind with Julie Potiker
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"billy collins" Discussed on Balanced Mind with Julie Potiker
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"billy collins" Discussed on The Diane Rehm Show
"This point on. Let's sleeping on my side every night. No matter where i am. When i lied down i turn my back on half the world at home. It's the eastside i ignore with. Its theaters silverware. As i face the adventurous west. But when i'm out on the road in some hotels room to thirteen or four zero two. I could be pointed anywhere yet. I hardly care as long as you are. They're facing the other way so we are defended in all degrees in my left ear is pressing down as if listening for who beats in the ground. So that's very much. The american east in the american west. It's almost nineteen Because the west is philip adventure. The east sophistication silver where theater and that kind of thing. That's why the poem ends with me with my left ear. Always the ones down as if listening for who beats in the ground the way the long ranger is to. Where'd you call that a lot. Allendale becomes the love poem. And that's another thing about the poem. It didn't start start out as a love poem. I like bums that going to turn into love poems. I'd stay love and death are the she can have to magnetic north. That's repub tend to go toward love or to our deaths as the two big subjects and It's until the end. When i say i hardly care as long as you are there. S the first time in a you mentioned and then the loved one faces the other way so we're defended in all degrees like looking out for danger. Alta agrees enlisting for opiates Oh had takes kind of. Its watching too many westerns. I guess you were laureate during the time of nine eleven and you wrote the poem the names. I wonder if you could talk about that experience. When you first read it and then read for us. K the happy to well. I was named poet laureate after. I think it was june of two thousand one so it was just a few months before nine. Eleven and there was a kind of an anniversary or memorial one year after the attacks when oath has congress met in new york which is very unprecedented. Almost unprecedented to have them meet outside of washington and I got a call from people in congress. Though i think people arranging this meeting this morial service as be the poet laureate fight a poem. We now have a sense of what i write about which is walking the dog and thinking about that. Squirrels going to outlive me. And thing and i thought the topic was just way too big for me like the covert is way too big for me but i wrote these two little little bombs but i can't worry about that but again I heard my so. I told them i couldn't. I couldn't do it. But i i read johnson. Whitman may be but And they were disappointed. And i woke up one morning. Well my mother would be really disappointed to. I should really. I heard her saying good off the bench and get to work So i had to two things made it possible one is i thought i could write an elegy. Just a poem for the dead and not worry about geopolitical ramifications the attack those larger issue so as analogy for the debt and. I can work my way since. I'm grieving people. I could work my way through the poem by using the alphabet and having a each letter Represented by one of the fallen people. And so i wrote it in a couple of hours and then the hard part was reading it. Before congress i managed to keep myself together but it did say something interesting about poetry because when i started to read it it had been preceded of course buy lots of other speakers when i began to read the poem. It begins with talking about a rain at night and Breeze and the glaze on the windows and people looked like your dog. They're cocking their heads like they had no idea what what was being sent here because it wasn't political language it was Is imagery and so it was a good kind of test that of the of the difference between those two lying just and then various senators and representatives. Were were attentive. At various degrees of senator moynihan was the most attentive of all he. He was ordinary lover for. Sure it's interesting. How the language of poetry can reach the hearts of people in ways that other writings somehow cannot well. I like to say the poetry is the history of the human heart. You know we have lots of histories of warfare. Entreaties and inventions and explor- exploration but poetry go back going back to samaria or roman. Times is really the story of human emotion and those emotions don't change What changes as the metaphors and imagery and the rhythms of the poem which makes palm unique but basically where we're wired to the same things that people were wired to thousands of years ago the net. Would you read for us. Eight sure the little note is under. The title is for the victims of september eleventh and their survivors. Yesterday i lay awake in the palm of the night. A fine rain. Stolen unhelped agrees. And when i saw the silver glaze on the windows i started with a with ackerman as it happened than baxter and calabro davis and eberling names falling into place as droplets fell through the dr names printed on the ceiling of the night names slipping around a watery bend twenty six willows on the banks of a stream. In the morning. I walked out barefoot among thousands of flowers heavy with do like the eyes of tears and each had a name. Fiore thrived on a yellow pedal than gonzalez and hong ishikawa and jenkins names written in the air and stitched into the class of the day. A name under photograph taped to a mailbox monogram on a torn shirt. I see spelled out on storefront windows. And on the bright unfurled awnings of this city. I say the syllables. Turn a corner. Kelly and lee medina della and o'connor when i appear into the woods. I see a thick tangle where letters are hidden as in a puzzle for children parker and quickly.
"billy collins" Discussed on Diane Rehm: On My Mind
"Hi cogil nnamdi here. I hope you're enjoying on my mind. And i also hope you're checking out the cogil nnamdi de show. We connect the dots between events happening in washington. Maryland and virginia through conversations with politicians artists chefs. The list goes on. You can listen to our podcast demand by subscribing on your favorite podcast app. So you never miss. An episode. Here is denied conversation with poet. Billy collins. you had a poem in his book about your parents. And i gather in in many ways. Your mother was your first poetry teacher. Can you read that palm. And then tell us about your parents this the convergence poem. Yes yeah of course but could burgess of my parents this morning. I'm looking out my window at a crowd of white irises imagining that. I am my mother in nineteen thirty four looking out the window of her train the one she rode from toronto to los angeles to work as a nurse in queen of angels hospital. Only her train stopped outside a little town somewhere in the mid west and she is looking out at the irs and was garden around that time. Maybe my young father from massachusetts was riding another train from boston to galveston to work as electrocution on an offshore oil ray. A man who is more likely to be reading a newspaper than admiring the flowers business dangerous garden but it must have spent some time looking out at the scenery wondering about himself. And maybe a field of wildflowers went flashing by i wouldn't be here looking at irises or anything else. Had they not found each other years later the non parallel lines of their lives meeting in new york. Or i was born because i wanted to be close to my mother. As my father liked to joe she was still a nurse and he was patient. He had been struck on the forehead by a tool. A coworker had mishandled. And that is the story of how. I got here however pulled out of the first station of my life. So they're amusing this train metaphor in my both of my parents didn't marry till they were in very late thirties. They met in a. I forgot what hospital in a hospital in new york. He was patient. My father was from lowell massachusetts My mother was born at of farming town Hundred miles north of toronto and he became an electron. She became a nurse to allow them to go anywhere and some for some reason they both had this wonder loss in. They travelled around the country most mostly by train. My mother goose going as far as los angeles who were to work in a hospital there as you also worked for a woman who went took her up to bounce in lake louise and as she traveled all of the she was really going to pro. Feminist. going out on her own sometimes traveling with a nurse friend and my father was doing the same thing criss crossing the country working as electrocution. He worked on the empire state building. You worked in the daily news. Print room on oil rigs and Gulf mexico and somehow a may i suppose if you think back at anybody considering her parents had they not mad. Clearly you would not be here so or color and many. Usually people meet by coincidence. Walk into a party. Who happened to be at this restaurant. And it's i. I suppose it would be interesting to anyone to to think back on how their parents and give. Thanks for that moment of a serendipity but you're was actually in a hospital and your mother was dinner and that's how they match. La that it was the call it the felix culpa in christianity. The happy the happy fall. Adam had had not been taught not eat the apple. We wouldn't have christ so it was a happy accident that this tool hit my father on the forehead. He had to go to the hospital as she was at the. Just judge show you how. How strange league incidental life as a people going to college. They think this is very very vital to pick the right college. And it really. You know if you end up at a such a great college. That's where you might meet your wife and have three children all that. So no one's saying is it gives you control over the rest of your life. I would think. I've unto as hugh a little more about your mother i gather. She taught you how to read. She inculcated a love of reading language in you. She did a read to me all the time. Which i i consider a one of the great things you can do in life is read to a young person parent or no parent and she learned a lot of poetry when she was a schoolgirl in canada and a memory back then was not only a legitimate way to teach poetry. It was probably the only way to teach poetry. Students were made to memorize and get get into the rhythm of poetry but she wasn't a literary person. She was smart and she read a lot of Scottish history but she had a lot of shakespeare in her head and she would quote homes on a regular basis. And i was hearing poetry diane. I knew it was poetry. I knew that my mother had two ways of talking one was the regular way in the other ones the poetry way and it was like i knew the poetry way it was better or different and looking back. It was little like. Am fm radio and fm. The regular was hey. I wonder if you read another poem for called sleeping on my side worse. This is a bomb that turned out to be asana. Always try to listen to my palm and not just focus on the phone. What i wanted to say sometimes the palm a develops its own whimsey and six lines into this. The poem seem seem to be saying it wanted to be a sonnet. So i said to the poem. I'm not going to go back and rewrite the whole thing. But i'll i'll turn you into a sonnet from this point on the skull sleeping on my side every night. No matter where i am. When i lied down i turn my back on half the world at home. It's the eastside ignore with its theaters and silverware as i face the adventurous west. But when i'm out on the road in some hotels room to thirteen or four zero two could be pointed anywhere yet. I hardly care as long as you are. They're facing the other way so we are defended in all degrees and my left ear is pressing down as if listening for beats the ground. So that's very much. The american east in the american west almost nineteen Because the west is of adventure in the east sophistication silverware of theater. Isn't that kind of thing. That's why the poem ends with me with my left ear. Always the ones down as if listening. Who beats.
"billy collins" Discussed on The Diane Rehm Show
"My name's cardigan. I listened to the diane ream show for many decades and now my son is listening with me to diane ream on my mind makes me think of when i listened to the diane ream show with my mom. It takes a lot of work to produce a podcast on my mind. It gets made because of the members of wmu so if you love it then you can support it and you can make sure it keeps getting made and you keep hearing diane on the air make a donation at wmu dot org. Here is steve. My conversation with poet billy collins. You have a poem in his book about your parents and i gather in in many ways. Your mother was your first poetry teacher. Can you read that palm. And then tell us about your parents. Is this the convergence poem. Yes yeah of course could urgency of my parents this morning. I am looking out my window at a crowd of white irises imagining that. I am my mother in nineteen thirty. Four looking out the window of her tray in the one she rode from toronto to los angeles to work as a nurse and queen of angels hospital. Only her train has stopped outside a little town somewhere in the mid west and she is looking out at the irises. In someone's garden around that time maybe. My young father from massachusetts was riding another train from boston to galveston to work as an electric engine on an offshore oil ray a man who was more likely to be reading a newspaper than admiring the flowers and a stranger garden but it must have spent some time looking out of the scenery wondering about himself and baby. A field of wildflowers went flashing by. I wouldn't be here looking at irises or anything else. Had they not found each other years later the non parallel lines of their lives meeting in new york. Or i was born because i wanted to be close to my mother. As my father likes to joe she was still a nurse and he was a patient he had been struck on the forehead by tool a co worker. Had mishandled and that is the story of how. I got here how i pulled out of the first station of my life. So they are using this train metaphor and my both of my parents They didn't marry tiller in They met in a. I forgot what hospital in a hospital in new york. Where he He her patient. My father was from lowell massachusetts My mother was born a kind of farming town a hundred miles north of toronto and he became an electrician. She became a nurse to allow them to Go anywhere and so for some reason. They both had this wonder less in. They travelled around the country mo- mostly by train. My mother going as far as los angeles who were to work in a hospital there as you also worked for a rich woman who went took her up to bounce and lake louise and as she traveled all of she was really gonna pro feminist going out on her own sometimes traveling with a nurse friend and my father was doing the same thing criss crossing the country. Working as an electrician he worked on the state building. Worked in the daily news. Print room on oil rigs and Gulf of mexico somehow a. May i suppose if you think back at anybody. Considering her parents had they not mad clearly you would not be here so colder and many usually people meet by coincidence. Walk into a party. Who happened to be this restaurant. And it's i suppose would be interesting to anyone to think back on how their parents met and scuttled give. Thanks for that. Moment of a serendipity but your thought there was actually in a hospital and your mother was dinner and that's how they match it was the call it the felix culpa and christianity. The happy the happy fall. Adam had had not been had not not eat the apple. We wouldn't have christ so it was a happy accident that this tool hit my father on the forehead he had to go to the hospital at near hugh will as it was the just judge show you how. How strangely coincidental. Life is an people going to college. They think this is very very vital to pick the right college and it really of you end up at a such great college. That's where you might meet your wife and have three great children all that. So no one thing is gives you control over the rest of your life would think. I want to ask you a little more about your mother. I gather she talk you how to read. She inculcated a love of reading language in you. She did a read to me all the time Wish i i consider a one of the great things you can do. In life as read to a a young person parent or no parent and she learned a lot of poetry when she was a schoolgirl in canada and memorization back then was not only a legitimate way to teach poetry. It was probably the only way to teach poetry. Students were made to memorize and get get into the rhythm of poetry but she wasn't a literary person. She was smart and she read a lot of Scottish history but she had a lot of shakespeare in her head and she would quote poems on a regular basis. And i was hearing poetry diane before i knew it was poetry. I knew that my mother had two ways of talking. One was the regular way in the other ones poetry way and it was like i knew the poetry way it was better different and Looking back am fm. Radio and poetry was fm and.
"billy collins" Discussed on The Diane Rehm Show
"Much on your mind these days. Well that there is a I've written a couple of palms in response to the kobe very short ones. And there's also. A book edited by alice. Quinn called together in a sudden strangeness. America's poets respond to the pandemic. And if you'd like to hear those two little poems. I had to okay. This is just called nurse. One who spoke by a window in a stairwell resting her head on her arm said she was so many stumbles beyond tired. She caught herself envying the dead for looking like sleepers in their beds than the other. Little one is only six lines long. It takes takes off from an image in a poem by shelley called ode to the west wind. I'm kind of explaining it but it's all about wind. Notices the wind blowing these leaves on the ground and they're all different colors and he's caused them pestilence stricken multitudes as people fleeing play pestilence stricken multitudes. I've never been able to get that image out of my head. So here's a little poem called comparisons in ode to the west wind. Shelly calls a scattering of blowing leaves pestilence stricken multitudes and now we are the stricken with no place to scatter and this year's leaves at begun to fall while it's so short but so profound in terms of what we are all feeling these days. I walk my dog through the falling leaves. And i too am thinking. I wonder how many more times. I will see those falling leaves upon. And which i talked about. You know a duet. How many how many october. Soya have like a box of october's or a suitcase full of april's they're much start thinking about dead. There's all sorts of ways of of of measuring looking at it. How many hours each day eighty spent and riding or is it. They you wait for that poem to come to you. Well it's both. I think As poet a one develops a habit of paying attention to things with with the hope of finding something an everyday experience that would provoke bomb and the little poem called nurse was the came from something on television. Who is a nurse with her head down a stairwell in a hospital saying that. She was ashamed of herself that she end the dead. That's how tired she was in a way. I just organize that in a couple of stances. But sometimes i don't write every day diane but i do. I'm confessing this year. But i i do often. Just get up and sit in a chair With a cup of coffee ads it would happen so often. Read somebody else's poems. Read poems by william matthews. Who james tait or re how or charles semak Down and and And an open a notebook. And what happens at of evans. The it doesn't but so it's kind of combination of being has of lee ready to receive the idea for a poem end also getting a kind be a regular habit of sitting down asking for it. Ask for somebody to come in actually went in the pandemic began. I gather you started streaming appel on the day on facebook. What did you hope to do by doing that will. It was really my wife's idea. And i think she just wanted to keep me busy bothering her. But it was a march twenty third day after my birthday. I just come back from new york and the virus was just taking hold in america especially in the east coast and she's a follower facebook. I have never participated myself but never say never she said you know if you got on facebook you could just read a poem or two and it would be something to do and i said let's decided times to ice at five thirty we'll do cocktail good The first one lasted eight minutes. I i don't. I don't remember what i said that i read a couple of opposite said goodbye. Now it's about a half an hour and what happens is a place. Some music usually sfjazz on some Some cool licking shades. Talk about the song. I just played that. And that's my mr be bob role and then they make comments and hundreds of comments and thousands of listeners. This point and i go through the comments and and save the interesting ones and there are lots of interesting white bag an old radio show and i read some comments from the mail bag and they read poems. Mostly my own in the beginning but now all sorts of other people's poems and then i play a little music at the end and that's it so it gives me it does give me something to do. It's every weekday It started every day. You just call it the poetry broadcast and it's on billy collins is facebook page. Anybody could jump in there. Dan we have people from all over the world Listening give you one little summary of that. There's a woman in paris who tucks herself in goes to sleep. Listening to the broadcast. Another woman in australia has with since with her morning coffee. So it's an all sorts of time zones that must really give you a great deal of satisfaction to know that people around the world have come to rely on that half hour. Whatever is being read whether it's your poetry or someone else's will dan. I said right. In the beginning i remember this very first broadcast. I said i'm not gonna read palm to comfort you or make you feel better about yourself. It's not that i'm just gonna read good homes and so it's not that kind of Sentimental comforting of the of the of the audience. But they say it's not the nudes. And i say mention the news and you know this. There's so many things going on in this country at this time it's amazing and I said this is an what it's fighting. Thought of now is kind of a waste is from the news something to hear. That is not mentioning. What's going on. It's mentioning more important things like life and death That will always be going on. Not as editor. Ezra pound said is the news that stays new and course into that mix comes a lot of humor and as i mentioned earlier with your reverence to the cat draped in black and labrador. It'll going to a place for their kind. Is there an intention to bring that kind. Ed lightness to that heavyset. Abject.
"billy collins" Discussed on 10% Happier with Dan Harris
"Has people imagined that they're kind of making creating leila's for spotify with their most popular negative thoughts. Which are the thoughts that you'd put on your playlist which would be number which number two number three wave approaching and holding some of these thoughts with a different relationship than or just pushing them away. And there's a wonderful quote from billy collins poem that i use imagining billy collins used to be the poet laureate of the us and he wrote this poem called insomnia or he writes about his struggles with insomnia and at one point he calls in sunday. My own worst enemy my oldest friend. And it's really that attitude of recognizing the pervasiveness capacity for acquaintanceship with phenomena of depression or anxiety that we try to teach and a lot of that comes out of the ability to use the space created by this practice to awesome these elements in in once people are able to develop a different relationship to them. They've got way more options to choose how to react when the show even if they're unbidden and see bt versus ct. Not much of a difference. I think has more of a focus on the defying thoughts that people have been looking for evidence that supports doesn't support those thoughts gathering evidence connecting sort of experiments making predictions. Those predictions come true or not. Cbt is adding behavioral element. Where you're doing things to expose yourself to fearful situations you're doing things to purposely engage in activities. That are pleasurable. Even though you might not anticipate that they would be so nuance. Yeah after i had. When i started working with the tech actress after having had some panic attacks. We did a little bit of that. You know trying to expose me to things that would give me panic to meet you. Get back to something you said a moment ago. The befriending of these the. It's my old friend. Insomnia you get a lot of pushback from people who say this insomnia or this anxiety or this sadness has been bird. dogging me my whole life. I do not want to befriend it. What is the point for. Sure for sure you get people saying that because it just seems so impossible and the other reactions. Like why the hell would i want to. I want to get rid of this stuff. And so there is that possibility that is being offered to people know their solution like every self help book was all about how to get rid of fakes and problem solve. Do that kind of stuff medications. Also i think have Promise of eliminating negative affect or seriously seriously reducing intensity and i think inside the practice of mindfulness. There's different alternative can be explore which is to approach something without of strategy of fixing it but approach with a strategy of investigating it.
Read a poem
"Today's tip is to build a reading habit by tackling a poem a day. Poems tend to be short, but can take you to amazing places. And so can help you find space in life for a little bit of beauty. As I talked to people about their schedules over the years I've learned that many people want to find more time to read. Along with volunteering and. Doing reading something that we know would improve our lives. But when life gets busy, it's easy to let it go. And once you let it go. Getting back in the habit can seem intimidating. Most books demand at least a few hours of time. Reading and little bits might not be very satisfying. Hence the beauty of poems. Unless you're reading T S Eliot. Elliott's the wasteland. Most poems are relatively short. You can easily borrow e books of poetry from your library through an APP like Libby, and then read through them on the kindle APP. Or. You can go to a website. such as poets dot, Org or Poetry Foundation Dot Org and find poems selected by their editors. In any case, you can get free poems on your phone quickly. And I'm guessing that you always have your phone nearby. And for the cause of building a poetry reading habit. This is actually a good thing. Notice when you pick up your phone. What do you do? Many people check texts or emails first and then look at social media APPS. As you find yourself doing this. Consciously clip to the poetry website or your daughter instead. In about three minutes. You can read a poem. A whole poem. which will give you at least some feeling of accomplishment? Whatever else you did or didn't do during the day you are the sort of person who reads poetry. Now, of course some poems are better than others. I've read through volumes from some of my favorite poets like Mary Oliver. Billy Collins Classic poets such as Emily Dickinson, and sometime stuff is awesome, and sometimes even with the vaster. Sit doesn't always speak to us. But. Poems do have away of going places that pros can't always follow. Dunwell upon can conjure up an image and a feeling. You can ponder that image and feeling as you go about your day. That image and feeling can take you outside your life for a few minutes. An elevate your experience. Putting a little beauty and to the moment. Not Bad for three minutes right. And as you find yourself finding three minutes here and there you'll start to see that you do in fact, have time to read. You just have to choose to do so. And so poetry can become a gateway to literature of all kinds. So today find some poetry. Put, it where you can read it. And, if nothing else, you'll end the day feeling like you put something a little special into your life.
"billy collins" Discussed on Sugar Calling
"I'M GONNA, call the poet Billy Collins. I love his poetry so much and I know I'm not alone in that. He's that rare thing in America a best selling poet. He was the US poet laureate from two thousand and one to two thousand and three as well. He said that poetry is the home of ambiguity, ambivalence and uncertainty and I think that wraps up quite succinctly. What a lot of us are living in right now? I thought it would be a great time to talk to Billy Collins. Nicole,.
"billy collins" Discussed on The Psychology Podcast
"There. You know? Okay. So your son Zane suggested to you, you know, really birthday celebrations should be about honoring the mom. Is it always about the kid? Oh, yeah. I love that idea. It's so crazy that way on our birthday. It's all about the person was born. But the person who did all the work that day who, you know, went through incredible pain is the birther the mom, and so why we only celebrate the birthday not the birther is insane. When she think about it. And you know, I think the the phrase Labor Day has already been taken. But so we've gotta find another name. But I I do love the idea of thank every birthday. Now. I I write a thank you know, to mom for birthing me. And by the way, speaking of moms. I don't know if you know the economists Russ Roberts, but he was speaking to him and he turned me onto. A poem. Call the lanyard that is so lovely about appreciating moms and how much they do for us. And we think like when we made a lanyard camp and gave it to them like now where even like here. I gave Flynn you're for all you've done for me. So we're pretty even by by Billy Collins, the bone. So I I would Google that. It's a wonderful little. Thank you. Bye. Pick a lot of people will be going that. So you also talk about the importance of interconnection you say the gratitude trails intersect overlap everywhere. In fact, if you mapped it out, you could probably connect almost anyone in the book almost anyone else. I mean, isn't there an obvious thread there between that in your prior book? You know, how everyone it's all relative. However, right, right. My previous book was called. It's all relative. And for that one. I joined this group of researchers scientists who are trying to build a family. Tree of the entire human race through DNA, intrusive or internet, Wicky technology and again. Yeah. Exactly. The six degrees of Kevin bacon. Then everyone's Kevin bacon. So that and you could figure out how you're related to almost any we've out how we were related right than we think we ever did that. All right. I'm gonna have to do that like to do that, actually. Yeah. All right. It's easy. I mean, I find it fascinating. Because there's an experiment two years ago by Harvard where they took Israelis and Palestinians, and one group they showed a concrete -ly how they were to Netflix related how closely they were and the other group they didn't and the group that was told how they were related treated each other with more kindness in these various memory tasks, and they were we're opening ago, she Asian so I actually think that it's not gonna solve all our problems, but this scene con. Rightly how we're related and linked can be a nudge in the right direction. Yeah. How Trump in bomb related? I did find that that I don't think is worked out in terms of their cooperation yet. But, but yeah, I I actually think in all seriousness the fall in group out group way viewing the world as as zero sum game is what the way Trump fused the world, and any way we can get to a road that way of thinking is gonna make the world a better place. Yeah. Very well said so you say if we connect the world with threads signifying. Gratitude. The result would be thick as a blanket. Well, I am really quite grateful not deeply grateful, but quite grateful for the book, you wrote in for putting these ideas out into the world, not just in this book. But there is this theme that does emerging through your entire existence. I would say a deeper existence that is quite hopeful and and webbing at its core. Well, thank you. I know I have to say because it's my job. But I do mean it thank you, Scott. And thank you again for all your wisdom. It made the book so much better in gate. So I I didn't pay you to say any of that. And I can tell you my record. That's true. Thank you AJ. I really do. Appreciate..
"billy collins" Discussed on KQED Radio
"Like yourself yes at this kind of thing is funny look i remember i got a chance to interview the poet billy collins and his writing is so it's so him like you just can't mistaken for anybody looking great poet and i said to him when you started what you write like and he says why wrote like you said i think he said he was not he'd knocked off beat poetry and it just takes a while to put you do you will you imitate what you think is the official way to do it before you figure out your own way and for me it took it i mean i was in my that was thirty i think before i really got it down when i was nineteen and took it took a while and even then like i think that now because of been on the radio for so long that now like people get used to this way of being on the radio and in fact like all these podcasters have imitated it but when we started the show one of the things a common thing that we would hear from program directors is they will be like why are you knew he was a good reporter on all things etcetera and all but like are you going to get a host they wanted somebody with a deep voice like castle we just passed right i was just writer for awhile really overnight i was one of the news writers for carl did you like it i loved it i loved it partly because when you write something for karl castle it sounds so good by you just learn you learn to write for him and he just he just it just sounds so real you really fake a rating the news whereas when i write for myself it just sounds like some guy now the question what do you see as the future of podcasting i mean i think the future of podcasting right now the president podcasting is that it's chaos but it's kind of a happy chaos where where i think apple has like a half million active podcasts on itunes or is still the largest place that is distributed and and and i think that it's going to stay a cast and there's gonna be tons of like podcasts that are just sort of two people talking amusingly or seriously about something that they care about and that's going to be like a whole level of podcast and those i feel like always be kind of like sort of a kind of niche product that like people tens of thousands hundreds of thousands of people like each one and then and then i feel like the things that have been the biggest hits have been narrative you know like something like cereal s town like cereal season one at this point has had seventeen million people have downloaded every episode which to give you sense of scale that's the same number of people who watch the season finale of game of thrones last year do naming like it's like huge numbers and and and i feel like i feel like like our joy snyder who produced cereal in town like she's she said this arthur is that that that podcast can be television like if you think about the thing that's the that's the that's the most effective most beloved thing in the culture right now it's these tv shows that we binge watch right and that's where i feel like most innovation is happening right now culturally just pure cultural products not really movies it's tv and series and all this money's going in this town is going people trying all these different things television but but we feel like if you can do narrative with the same care that those the best of those shows are you'll get the same size audience and i feel like we've shown that now a couple of times with different series and like and you were saying before like were too many people listen to this american life on the radio but now two point five listen on on the internet like edition like it's more people listening on the internet then the radio and and just so so so that seems like a very exciting thing to happen and and honestly one of the things that's been so interesting is to watch people sort of edge towards doing radio trauma again but doing it in a way that doesn't sound like the nineteen forties soap operas and we haven't heard soap operas yet but yeah radio back in the day yeah yeah back.
"billy collins" Discussed on KQED Radio
"Poet billy collins on the ted stage his poem is called the revenue so i mean is there some truth to that poem absolutely i had door that poem this is laura man she started writing about animal behavior seven years ago right after she met oliver oliver was a bernese mountain dog that i just absolutely fell head over heels in love with i adopted him with my ex husband and he was affectionate and sweet and playful and i really did feel like he he was the best dog i'd i'd never met laurel and her husband and oliver had a really solid six months we played hide and seek in the apartment and we took him on walks and we take them on long hikes and we just loved the hell out of this dog and laurel was no stranger to animals she grown up on an avocado farm with dogs and cats and donkeys so she thought after six months that she knew oliver pretty well until one morning when she left for work and i always just sort of petted him on the head and richer he had some snacks out and some toys and some water i locked the door and i got down to street level and i realized that i had forgotten my car keys and i turned around and that's when i started to hear like a really loud skittering sound and also a really sad kind of how will wine.
"billy collins" Discussed on TED Radio Hour
"Poet billy collins on the ted stage his poem is called the revenue so i mean is there some truth to that poem absolutely i had door that poem this is laurel brightman she started writing about animal behavior seven years ago right after she met oliver oliver was a bernese mountain dog that i just absolutely fell head over heels in love with i adopted him with my ex husband and he was affectionately and sweet and playful and i really did feel like he he was the best dog i'd i'd ever met laurel and her husband and oliver had a really solid six months we played hide and seek in the apartment and we took him on walks and we took them on long hikes and we just loved the hell out of this dog and laurel was no stranger to animals she grown up on an avocado farm with dogs and cats and donkeys so she thought after six months that she knew all pretty well until one morning when she left for work and i always just sort of petted him on the head and richer he had some snacks out and some toys and some water i locked the door and i got down to street level and i realized that i had forgotten my car keys and i turned around and that's when i started to hear like a really loud skittering sound and also a really sad kind of how will wine and.
"billy collins" Discussed on TED Radio Hour
"In dunbar phd and dr check out his full talk at ted dot com and if you are wondering what your dog really thinks of you the poet billy collins might have an answer because he wrote a poem about it and delivered it on the ted stage i am the dog you put to sleep as you like to call the needle of oblivion comeback to tell you this simple thing i never liked to when i lift your face i thought of biting off your nose when i watched you telling yourself dry i wanted to leap in unmanned you with a snap i resented the way you moved your lack of animal graze the way you would sit in a chair to eat a napkin on your lap and knife in your hand i would have run away but i was too weak a trick you taught me while i was learning to sit and he'll and greatest insults shake hands without a hand i admit the side of the leash would excite me but only because it meant i was about to smell things you had never touched you do not want to believe this but i have no reason to lie i hated the car hated the rubber toys disliked your friends and worse your relatives the jingling of my tags drove me mad you always scratch to me in the wrong place all i ever wanted from you is food and water and my bulls while you slept i washed you breathe is the moon rose in the sky it took all of my strength not to raise my head and how now i am free of the collar free of the yellow raincoat monogram sweater the absurdity of your lawn and that is all you need to know about this place except what you already supposed and are glad it did not happen sooner that everyone here can read and write the dogs in poetry the cats and all the others in prose.