Billy Collins reflects on his collection ‘Aimless Love’ and pretending to be serious

BY Victoria Fleischer  October 25, 2013 at 2:01 PM EST

Humor wasn’t always integral to Billy Collins’ poetry. The former U.S. poet laureate thought he had to be serious, or at least “pretend to be serious.” Collins eventually found a way to meld his personality with his poems, and his new collection, “Aimless Love,” continues to show that off. He stopped by the NewsHour recently to speak with chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown about capturing everyday life in a poem.

To hear Billy Collins read “A Dog on His Master,” watch the video below: