Billy Collins

(22 March 1941 - / New York City)


The name of the author is the first to go
followed obediently by the title, the plot,
the heartbreaking conclusion, the entire novel
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  • Rookie - 0 Points Margaret Newcomb (6/24/2007 12:26:00 PM)

    Mr Collins,
    I heard you on NPR and was moved to writing. You've inspired me, not beyond words, but to them. The essence of your writing has gone straight to my very core. As if I've known you so very long. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Not a member No 4 (11/11/2006 12:47:00 PM)

    I was going to say something really perceptive here, but.... now I have an excuse... terrific stuff. Clever, funny and not a word wasted. Thanks, jim. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Melvina Germain (10/19/2006 8:43:00 PM)

    I can certainly relate to this, now I promise myself I won't forget this poem, but who am I kidding.
    Excellent work
    Melvina (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Brian Dorn (7/22/2006 12:32:00 PM)

    I think everyone over the age of 40 can relate to this. Great poem... but one I'll probably forget. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Brian Purdy (5/21/2006 10:44:00 AM)

    The idea that we gradually lose from our hearts the lines of our favourite love-poems, as well as other precious contents as we grow old and forgetful is simply heart-breaking. I am reminded of a Borges' poem called 'Limits'. But, of course, there is a funny side to the human condition and Collins finds it here. His image of memories retiring to a 'little fishing village where there are no phones' is lovely. This was the seventh Billy Collins poem I read in a single go and first I found to which I could truly say: Yes! Think I will carry it around with me for the rest of the day - that is, if I don't forget it...B.Purdy. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ilona Lagowski Timoszuk (4/17/2006 8:48:00 PM)

    I just love Billy Collins, maybe I am the pine-scented air?

    He is such the anti-poet, poet! I love his sarcasm. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Raynette Eitel (4/18/2005 11:44:00 PM)

    Now I understand why I'm so forgetful: Billy Collins lives in my brain! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Michael Shepherd (3/18/2005 1:52:00 PM)

    ...and the end is even better...well that's something... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sallie Howson (3/3/2005 4:15:00 PM)

    well thank goodness i'm not the only one this is happening to (Report) Reply

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