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Billy Collins and “The Bard in Flight”


An interview with former Poet Laureate Billy Collins, about retaining Shakespeare and all nice writers and poetry itself on a human scale: 

The podcast consists of Collins studying this pleasant poem a few time-traveling Will —

“The Bard in Flight”

It occurred to me
on a flight from London to Barcelona
that Shakespeare may have written
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England
with extra authority had he occupied
the window seat subsequent to me
as an alternative of this businessman from Frankfurt.

Of course, after a few drinks
and me loaning him an earbud
he may grow to be so preoccupied
with Miles Davis on the Blackhawk
at 36,000 ft above some realm or different to put in writing a phrase.

I think about he’d take pleasure in enjoying with my wristwatch,
the one with the tartan band,
and when he wasn’t searching the window,
he would examine the ice cubes in his rotating glass.
And he’d take a eager curiosity
in the varied bulletins from the flight deck
and the ministrations of the bowing attendants,
all of which might be sadly misplaced on me
having gotten used to dashing above the clouds,
though 99% of humanity has by no means been there.

Yet, I’m nonetheless keen on the snub-nosed engines,
the straining concord of the dual jets,
and even that sensation of turbulence
jostled about excessive above some blessed plot
with the sound of crockery shifting in the galley,
the frenzied eyes of the nervous passengers,
and the Bard reaching for my hand
as we roared with trembling wings
into the towering fortress of a thunderhead.


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