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I need to make two grand statements: I have a mad, albeit intellectual, crush on Billy Collins, our former U.S. Poet Laureate, and, more importantly, you don't have to like poetry or know anything about its structure or esoteric intricacies to love Collins' work. So, don't miss Billy Collins Live: A Performance at the Peter Norton Symphony Space, his first appearance on audio. I can't think of a more listener-friendly poet, a fresher voice, or a keener observer of the absurd and the poignant, the amusing and the pretentious, of our very human foibles. He allows you to see the simplest things in new ways, brighter, clearer, wreathed in gentle humor. Hearing Collins read his own work is special; here, Billy sings his own song in his own voice. Keep this single-CD recording close at hand just in case you need an instant, guaranteed-effective poetic pick-me-up.