Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins will be appearing at Austin Peay tomorrow night. If you've never heard Collins read his poetry before, you might want to consider planning your Friday night around the drive to the APSU campus. He's engaging, remarkably down-to-earth, and his bald head and standard professorial attire make him seem like he just walked off the set of My Dinner With Andre. Collins writes the kind of poetry that is easily read aloud — written with the purpose of communicating with his audience, rather than just making himself feel smart or interesting. Read J.P. Grasser's September 2011 story on Collins for more background on the poet's reputation for making accessible poems.
Check out the video of him reading "Litany," and then watch a cute little kid reciting the same poem after the jump. I couldn't resist posting it here.