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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  • David (11/28/2018 8:54:00 PM)

    大家好,我是大胃王................................

  • David (11/28/2018 8:54:00 PM)

    大家好,我是大卫., ..................................

  • David (11/28/2018 8:51:00 PM)

    hey, this is David yin watsup! ! ! ! !

  • unknown (11/2/2018 9:58:00 AM)

    you suck dik

  • Bobby (9/11/2018 7:44:00 PM)

    Hi my name is Bobby so yah watsup! ! ! ! ! !

  • Fortnite sucks (9/2/2018 6:41:00 PM)

    I love Billy Collins! ! ! ! He is such a cool writer and his work is amazing! ! My favorite poem however is Invention! ! And if you have not read it well then you are missing out.

  • Betty (8/17/2018 11:43:00 AM)

    To Joseph Pedulla: Here's one that might be better suited to your intellect and Chris's. It goes: Twinkle twinkle little star. How I wonder what you are. Up above the world so high Like a diamond in the sky.....

  • Joseph Pedulla (5/12/2018 1:24:00 PM)

    To Chris Robideaux: Dear Chris, I stopped by the site to read a few poems and, in so doing, read again your comment on the so-called poetry of Billy Collins. I have to tell you that your comment is perhaps the most intelligent and articulate assessment of this man's poor excuse for poetry that I have ever read! It gives me such joy to see someone out there who understands what a fraud this guy really is! Keep up the good work! Never flinch!

  • margaret (5/1/2018 1:53:00 AM)

    poems of towns and cities

  • margaret (5/1/2018 1:52:00 AM)

    billy Collins poetry of towns and cities

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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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