Billy Collins

(22 March 1941 - / New York City)

Billy Collins Poems

1. Another Reason Why I Don'T Keep A Gun In The House 1/13/2003
2. By A Swimming Pool Outside Syracusa 1/13/2003
3. Candle Hat 1/13/2003
4. Child Development 1/13/2003
5. Christmas Sparrow 12/15/2014
6. Consolation 1/13/2003
7. Dear Reader 1/13/2003
8. Embrace 2/13/2007
9. Fishing On The Susquehanna In July 1/13/2003
10. Flames 1/13/2003
11. For Bartleby The Scrivener 1/13/2003
12. Forgetfulness 1/13/2003
13. I Ask You 1/13/2003
14. I Chop Some Parsley While Listening To Art Blakey's Version Of "Three Blind Mice" 1/13/2003
15. I Go Back To The House For A Book 1/13/2003
16. Introduction To Poetry 1/13/2003
17. Invention 1/13/2003
18. Japan 1/13/2003
19. Litany 1/13/2003
20. Madmen 1/13/2003
21. Man in Space 6/23/2015
22. Man Listening To Disc 1/13/2003
23. Marginalia 1/13/2003
24. Morning 12/7/2015
25. Neither Snow 1/13/2003
26. Night Golf 3/9/2015
27. Nightclub 1/13/2003
28. Nostalgia 1/13/2003
29. On Turning Ten 1/13/2003
30. Pinup 1/13/2003
31. Reading An Anthology Of Chinese Poems Of The Sung Dynasty, I Pause To Admire The Length And Clarity Of Their Titles 1/13/2003
32. Shoveling Snow With Buddha 1/13/2003
33. Silence 4/24/2015
34. Snow Day 1/13/2003
35. Some Days 11/3/2015
36. Study In Orange And White 1/13/2003
37. Taking Off Emily Dickinson's Clothes 1/7/2004
38. The Art Of Drowning 1/13/2003
39. The Best Cigarette 1/13/2003
40. The Death of Allegory 9/18/2015

Comments about Billy Collins

  • David (11/28/2018 8:54:00 PM)


    1 person liked.
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  • 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

Best Poem of Billy Collins


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


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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