Monday, June 30, 2014
Billy Collins was poet laureate of the United States from 2001 through 2003. He wrote the beautiful and eloquent "The Names" to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11. He's written hundreds of poems and is considered the most popular poet in the United States.
However, poetry doesn't generate much wealth these days. So the poetry world was shocked when Collins received a $200,000 dollar advance for his next three books of poetry. I think that's pretty sad. Poetry enriches our soul and makes us better people.
By contrast, Hillary Clinton was given a $14 million dollar advance for her 200 page book of political pablum. Far worse, she pulls in as much as $300,000 dollars to orally attack Republicans in an hour long speech. Husband Bill raked in $104 million in eight years doing the same thing....
Yet people were shocked that a Poet Laureate of the United States was paid $200,000 in advance for his next three books. How sad is that? Read the following poems and see if they are not worth a bit more than a Hillary or Bill political speech: