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When Does Creativity Start And End?

Filed by KOSU News in Art & Life.
June 1, 2012

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Creative Process.

About Billy Collins TEDTalk

A two-term U.S. poet laureate, Billy Collins captures readers with his understated wit and profound insight. In this TEDTalk, he shares a project in which several of his poems were turned into animated films in a collaboration with the Sundance Channel. Five of them are included in his talk — and don’t miss the hilarious final poem!

About Billy Collins

Accessibility is not a word often associated with great poetry, yet Billy Collins has managed to create a legacy from what he calls being poetically “hospitable.” Preferring lyrical simplicity to abstruse intellectualism, Collins combines humility and depth of perception, undercutting light and digestible topics with dark and sometimes biting humor.

Collins approaches his work with a healthy sense of self-deprecation, calling his poems “domestic” and “middle-class.” Among his recent books: Horoscopes for the Dead and The Trouble With Poetry.

“Rarely has anyone written poems that appear so transparent on the surface, yet become so ambiguous, thought-provoking or simply wise once the reader has peered into the depths” Poetry Magazine contributor John Taylor says.

In 2001 Collins was named U.S. poet laureate, a title he kept until 2003. Collins lives in Somers, NY, and is an English professor at City University of New York, where he has taught for more than 40 years. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

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