Putting a value on poetry

Billy Collins hopes the €10,000 Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize will inspire other writers

3rd April, 2016
Abigail Parry

What makes a million-dollar poem in your opinion? Actually, forget that question; here’s a more realistic one: what makes a €10,000 poem?

That’s the question that Billy Collins is pondering. Tucked away in his New York home, Collins – one of America’s most popular poets and a former poet laureate – has been given the tough task of deciding who should win the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize.

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