Billy Collins

(22 March 1941 - / New York City)

Poems of Billy Collins

21. Man Listening To Disc 1/13/2003
22. Marginalia 1/13/2003
23. Neither Snow 1/13/2003
24. Nightclub 1/13/2003
25. Nostalgia 1/13/2003
26. On Turning Ten 1/13/2003
27. Pinup 1/13/2003
28. Reading An Anthology Of Chinese Poems Of The Sung Dynasty, I Pause To Admire The Length And Clarity Of Their Titles 1/13/2003
29. Shoveling Snow With Buddha 1/13/2003
30. Snow Day 1/13/2003
31. Study In Orange And White 1/13/2003
32. Taking Off Emily Dickinson's Clothes 1/7/2004
33. The Art Of Drowning 1/13/2003
34. The Best Cigarette 1/13/2003
35. The First Dream 1/13/2003
36. The Iron Bridge 1/13/2003
37. The Names 10/5/2011
38. The Only Day In Existence 1/13/2003
39. Thesaurus 1/13/2003
40. Today 1/13/2003

On Turning Ten

The whole idea of it makes me feel
like I'm coming down with something,
something worse than any stomach ache
or the headaches I get from reading in bad light--
a kind of measles of the spirit,
a mumps of the psyche,
a disfiguring chicken pox of the soul.

You tell me it is too early to be looking back,

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