Billy Collins is an easy poet to like. He's often clever and his lines are simple enough for even us flat-footed types.
His poem, "The Names," isn't funny, nor should it be. It's dedicated to the victims of the September 11 attack and their survivors.
It's a moving tribute, especially if you let the words and ideas wash over you quietly.
The poem was read earlier today at the ceremony in New York City. A link to Collins' own reading of the poem is here.