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Billy Collins

(22 March 1941 - / New York City)

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(born William James Collins) is an American poet, appointed as Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003. He is a Distinguished Professor at Lehman College of the City University of New York and is the Senior Distinguished Fellow of the Winter Park Institute, Florida. Collins was recognized as a Literary Lion of the New York Public Library (1992) and selected as the New York State Poet for 2004-2006.

Early Years

Collins was born in New York City to William and Katherine Collins. Katherine Collins was a nurse who stopped working to raise the couple's only child. Mrs. Collins had the ability to recite verses on almost any subject, which she often did, ... more »

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  • R Bremner (11/27/2013 12:32:00 PM)

    Smoke rings like rumors
    and dreams like stale cigarettes
    in a cracked ashtray
    left behind at the old apartment.
    from You are once again the stranger, at Amazon, BN.com, Itunes, Sony, Kobo, and Diesel ebooks,

  • Hsinhui Wang (6/12/2010 12:14:00 AM)

    please read Wisdom of the Sadhu

    http: //www.jesusministries.org/jmwebstore/downloads/SS_001_Wisdom_Of_The_Sadhu.pdf

  • Hsinhui Wang (6/11/2010 6:19:00 PM)

    I just read one of his poem...I just want to say, May the truth reveal to human mankind...There is NO true religion on earth. There is only true relationship.

  • Michael Shepherd (8/11/2009 9:21:00 AM)

    There’s a certain class of book
    I take with me to my pm nap:

    worth dipping into; more pleasurable
    for taking time over reading to its end;

    that leaves no shame when I doze off
    and it falls into my lap; a sweet waking dream;

    today it’s Billy Collins: ex-
    Poet Laureate or should that be
    Poet ex-Laureate since he’s still writing
    in that laid-back manner that goes with
    recliner chairs and a nap that’s natural;

    for me, he’s still Laureate, anyway;
    and in my dreamy state, I like to indulge

    in an undemanding game, best played
    between the waking and that dreaming state
    which Hindus name as swapna; and I like the name;
    (its alternative, prajna, sounds too much like work) :

    the game is, nail the character
    in just two lines, no more, of Shakes-pa-herian pastiche:

    Methinks he hath a wily, wayward charm,
    under guise of which he arrows heav’n.

  • Katie Finley (7/12/2006 7:48:00 PM)

    I saw Billy Collins when he came to Boston College and the occasion marked one of the most special moments in my (albeit brief) lifetime. If you get the opportunity to see him, take it!
    My favourite poems are 'On Turning Ten' and 'Love'. He is one of the poets I love best.

  • John F (4/25/2006 2:50:00 PM)

    I work with some people who have created some amazing animated poetry pieces featuring poems by Billy Collins. It's a series of 10 or so and they are very well done. It's Billy Collins himself reading the poems with animation used to bring them to life.

    http: //video.google.com/videosearch? q=Billy+Collins

    Hope you have a moment to take a look. I'm trying to help the creators get their work some more attention! !

  • Beth Harrington-howes (1/24/2006 12:42:00 PM)

    Going to hear him speak tonight.

  • Beth Harrington-howes (1/24/2006 12:42:00 PM)

    Going to hear him speak tonight.

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