Billy Collins: The poet who inspired ‘Ouroboros’

A simple sentence in the marketing material from the Handspring Puppet Company reads “Ouroboros is inspired by the poetry of Billy Collins.” But who is he, and what does he say to inspire such a creative outpouring from our gifted artists?

Collins is a 70-year old American poet, born in March of 1941. He was the poet laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003. He was raised in New York City and has worked at CUNY, the City University of New York, for almost 30 years.

His poetry is simply delightful. Utterly accessible, with a lightness and magic that connects to the reader and invites you to experience the world in a whole new way.

Listen as Collins reads one of his best-known poems “The Best Cigarette”.

It is not only the Handspring Puppet Company who have been inspired by Collins’ work. Artists and animators have been reading and interpreting his work Continue reading

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