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Report to Readers: A little poetry amid the gore

When putting together the front page of the Monitor, we tend to look for a good mix of stories: a little politics, a little crime, a little human interest, something to talk about over breakfast. Tuesday’s front page was full of news but, as a couple readers pointed out, the mix was certainly off: a torture case, a murder case, a sexual assault case – awful crime galore!

Amid all that gore, I hope readers didn’t miss a bit of good news for Concord: The poet Billy Collins will be coming to town this fall.

Collins, a two-term U.S. poet laureate, is the latest winner of the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry, sponsored by the Monitor and the New Hampshire Writers Project. The prize comes with an invitation to read in Concord.

Intimidated by poetry? Collins might be up your alley nonetheless. His work is quite accessible. Want a small taste? Here is a video in which he shows how several of his poems that were turned into quick animated films. As he told the audience, “Bugs Bunny is my muse.”


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