Billy Collins

(22 March 1941 - / New York City)

Billy Collins Poems

1. Workshop 4/14/2015
2. Some Days 11/3/2015
3. Writing In The Afterlife 5/14/2015
4. Morning 12/7/2015
5. The First Night 4/8/2015
6. The Death of Allegory 9/18/2015
7. Night Golf 3/9/2015
8. Man in Space 6/23/2015
9. The Lanyard 5/11/2015
10. Silence 4/24/2015
11. Christmas Sparrow 12/15/2014
12. The Names 10/5/2011
13. Study In Orange And White 1/13/2003
14. Tomes 1/13/2003
15. The Only Day In Existence 1/13/2003
16. Nightclub 1/13/2003
17. The Best Cigarette 1/13/2003
18. Thesaurus 1/13/2003
19. Today 1/13/2003
20. Walking Across The Atlantic 1/13/2003
21. Dear Reader 1/13/2003
22. For Bartleby The Scrivener 1/13/2003
23. Consolation 1/13/2003
24. Reading An Anthology Of Chinese Poems Of The Sung Dynasty, I Pause To Admire The Length And Clarity Of Their Titles 1/13/2003
25. Snow Day 1/13/2003
26. Man Listening To Disc 1/13/2003
27. Neither Snow 1/13/2003
28. The Iron Bridge 1/13/2003
29. Nostalgia 1/13/2003
30. Pinup 1/13/2003
31. Fishing On The Susquehanna In July 1/13/2003
32. Candle Hat 1/13/2003
33. Embrace 2/13/2007
34. The First Dream 1/13/2003
35. By A Swimming Pool Outside Syracusa 1/13/2003
36. Madmen 1/13/2003
37. Shoveling Snow With Buddha 1/13/2003
38. Marginalia 1/13/2003
39. I Go Back To The House For A Book 1/13/2003
40. Japan 1/13/2003

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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 ...

Read the full of Forgetfulness

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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