Called a modern day Robert Frost, Billy Collins is an unpretentious and popular American poet, whom my mom had the opportunity to travel to Ireland with on a trip a few years ago. Recently, the two time poet laureate read his own work at Colorado College, an unforgettable experience.
If you don't have the opportunity to see him yourself, online there are a few options. Here you can watch short animations illustrating his work (which he reads). And you can also buy a copy of 33 poems on Compact Disc.
And for those of you, like me, who are wondering what a poet laureate is: “A Poet Laureate is a poet officially appointed by a government and is often expected to compose poems for State occasions and other government events.”