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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 Libra ...

Billy Collins Poems


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,

Another Reason Why I Don'T Keep A Gun In The House

The neighbors' dog will not stop barking.
He is barking the same high, rhythmic bark
that he barks every time they leave the house.
They must switch him on on their way out.

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--

Introduction To Poetry

I ask them to take a poem
and hold it up to the light
like a color slide


You are the bread and the knife,
The crystal goblet and the wine...
-Jacques Crickillon

Billy Collins Comments

Hsinhui Wang 11 June 2010

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.

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Hsinhui Wang 12 June 2010

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Michael Shepherd 11 August 2009

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.

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Katie Finley 12 July 2006

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.

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R Bremner 27 November 2013

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,, Itunes, Sony, Kobo, and Diesel ebooks,

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Joe Biden 20 August 2021

vote for me

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Mr worldwidee 20 August 2021

This poem is wierd

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Big 14 February 2021

billy collins can in my

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samuel hyde 01 October 2019

peace of peaceeeeee

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Benjamin Uy 24 June 2019

The neighbors dog will not stop barking that’s why I I never kept a gun in my house, Great fantastic beautiful poem by the master, Billy Collins aaaa a++

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