Billy Collins

(22 March 1941 - / New York City)

Billy Collins
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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, and ... more »

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  • Donna DeHaan (2/20/2018 7:29:00 PM)

    What is the name of the poem written about his dog?

  • Wilson Lanford (1/15/2018 9:41:00 AM)

    Poetry is very individual in form. Collins poems are conversational which I like. If you don't like his poetry you wouldn't like Seamus Haney either. Some poetry is great, some stinks. People who use a few words to describe a tree and throw in Greek goddesses are an example.. When I read Collins, I feel I know something about him. Not everyone has to like his writing. He does it for himself anyway.

  • KoKoDoggo (1/11/2018 9:47:00 AM)

    i think his poems are great
    you should stop hating is work

  • Joseph Pedulla (12/17/2017 6:25:00 PM)

    To Kevan Murphie: Your not reading Robideaux's whole comment is hardly a refutation. You're not bored by Collins? Dust is more exciting! Robideaux is right. We have put this poetaster on a pedestal he does not deserve. His work is pathetic. Common, pedestrian, trivial. He has no vigor, no arrogance! We want fire from a poet laureate, not baby food! ! ! My own poetry would make this guy's best stuff look like tripe! ! ! I'd be willing to go on national television to prove it, too!

  • john cena (12/11/2017 8:58:00 AM)

    Hes GUUCI and he is really coooooool

  • Mike Honestman (5/28/2017 8:30:00 PM)

    srsly thumbs up below if u wana support TRUTH #BURNALLPOERTY

    #TV4LYFEEEEEEEEE

  • Mike Honestman (5/28/2017 8:27:00 PM)

    Ha lol Billy collins sux so much like srsly. poems are so lame man, and his aren; 't even funy or remotely entertaining. I think playing videogames or watching TV is wayy better than this man's work. THUMBS UP IF U AGREE WITH THE OBVIOUS TRUTH OF THIS COMMNET! ! ! 11! ! !

  • Ranak Zaman Ranak Zaman (4/27/2016 9:31:00 AM)

    best poet of modern poetry

  • Isaac Ramos (3/11/2016 11:27:00 AM)

    Your poems make me snore sm.

  • David Wood David Wood (9/22/2015 10:01:00 AM)

    I wish you'd read my Things to Get poem and poets comment.

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Best Poem of Billy Collins

Forgetfulness

The name of the author is the first to go
followed obediently by the title, the plot,
the heartbreaking conclusion, the entire novel
which suddenly becomes one you have never read,
never even heard of,

as if, one by one, the memories you used to harbor
decided to retire to the southern hemisphere of the brain,
to a little fishing village where there are no phones.

Long ago you kissed the names of the nine Muses goodbye
and watched the quadratic equation pack its bag,
and even now as you memorize the order of the planets,

something else is slipping ...

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