Billy Collins

(22 March 1941 - / New York City)

Billy Collins Poems

1. Workshop 4/14/2015
2. Some Days 11/3/2015
3. The First Night 4/8/2015
4. Morning 12/7/2015
5. The Death of Allegory 9/18/2015
6. Writing In The Afterlife 5/14/2015
7. Night Golf 3/9/2015
8. The Lanyard 5/11/2015
9. Man in Space 6/23/2015
10. Silence 4/24/2015
11. Christmas Sparrow 12/15/2014
12. The Names 10/5/2011
13. The Only Day In Existence 1/13/2003
14. Study In Orange And White 1/13/2003
15. Tomes 1/13/2003
16. Walking Across The Atlantic 1/13/2003
17. Thesaurus 1/13/2003
18. Snow Day 1/13/2003
19. The First Dream 1/13/2003
20. Nightclub 1/13/2003
21. The Best Cigarette 1/13/2003
22. Man Listening To Disc 1/13/2003
23. Today 1/13/2003
24. For Bartleby The Scrivener 1/13/2003
25. The Iron Bridge 1/13/2003
26. Reading An Anthology Of Chinese Poems Of The Sung Dynasty, I Pause To Admire The Length And Clarity Of Their Titles 1/13/2003
27. Dear Reader 1/13/2003
28. Nostalgia 1/13/2003
29. Neither Snow 1/13/2003
30. Consolation 1/13/2003
31. The Art Of Drowning 1/13/2003
32. Fishing On The Susquehanna In July 1/13/2003
33. Candle Hat 1/13/2003
34. I Chop Some Parsley While Listening To Art Blakey's Version Of "Three Blind Mice" 1/13/2003
35. Madmen 1/13/2003
36. Pinup 1/13/2003
37. I Go Back To The House For A Book 1/13/2003
38. Shoveling Snow With Buddha 1/13/2003
39. Japan 1/13/2003
40. Taking Off Emily Dickinson's Clothes 1/7/2004

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Best Poem of Billy Collins


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

You are the bread and the knife,
the crystal goblet and the wine.
You are the dew on the morning grass
and the burning wheel of the sun.
You are the white apron of the baker,
and the marsh birds suddenly in flight.

However, you are not the wind in the orchard,
the plums on the counter,
or the house of cards.
And you are certainly not the pine-scented air.
There is just no way that you are the pine-scented air.

It is possible that you are ...

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The murkiness of the local garage is not so dense
that you cannot make out the calendar of pinup
drawings on the wall above a bench of tools.
Your ears are ringing with the sound of
the mechanic hammering on your exhaust pipe,
and as you look closer you notice that this month's
is not the one pushing the lawn mower, wearing
a straw hat and very short blue shorts,
her shirt tied in a knot just below her breasts.

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