Billy Collins and Japan: poetry podcast #11

I picked up Billy Collins’ poetry collection Picnic, Lightning from the library last week, and I can’t seem to put it down. It is an amazing collection, full of humor, insight, beauty, and everyday life. Today, I’m sharing one of my favorites so far from the collection, a poem called “Japan.”

Listen to the podcast here:

Read the written version of “Japan.”
And here is the haiku Billy Collins refers to in the poem:

On the one-ton temple bell
a moon-moth, folded into sleep,
sits still.

(by Taniguchi Buson (1716-1783) and translated by X.J. Kennedy)

If you liked this poem, you might also want to check out my previous podcast of a Billy Collins poem. To find out more about haiku, click here.

Thanks for listening!

{Listen to previous poetry podcasts}

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2 Responses to “Billy Collins and Japan: poetry podcast #11”


  1. 1 Victoria February 28, 2010 at 3:36 am

    Hi Nicole,

    Just wanted to let you know that you have an award to collect on my blog http://victorianblog.blogspot.com/2010/02/award.html.

  2. 2 Kerri February 28, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    I love this poem so much! I’d never heard of this poet before, so thank you for introducing me to him! Loved the haiku too. Also thanks for your voting idea. I’ve decided to get people to vote on their favourite picture today. The winning comment will receive a photo. Thanks again, great idea!


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