Billy Collins

(22 March 1941 - / New York City)

Forgetfulness - Poem by 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
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Comments about Forgetfulness by Billy Collins

  • (6/17/2008 11:43:00 PM)

    I'm 64 and there's just no saying, 'it ain't so' because it just is. (Report) Reply

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  • (11/13/2007 9:25:00 PM)

    Wow. So true. I am only an 8th grader and I appreciate your work. That's a realy good thing, (Report) Reply

  • (10/30/2007 1:59:00 AM)

    I forgot how I clicked here but it was worth the dropp in thanks.. lucky I go places One Peace at a time... (Report) Reply

  • Cheryl Lynn Moyer-peele (7/15/2007 9:23:00 AM)

    Billy -

    Your name showed up on the bottom of my page, stating people who read your poems also read mine. Wow, they must just be clicking around. Your poetry is so skillful, its obvious you've put years of passion into perfecting this emerging American pastime, the poetic arts!

    Best wishes - xxxxxCheryl
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  • (6/24/2007 12:26:00 PM)

    Mr Collins,
    I heard you on NPR and was moved to writing. You've inspired me, not beyond words, but to them. The essence of your writing has gone straight to my very core. As if I've known you so very long. Thank you.
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  • (11/11/2006 12:47:00 PM)

    I was going to say something really perceptive here, but.... now I have an excuse... terrific stuff. Clever, funny and not a word wasted. Thanks, jim. (Report) Reply

  • Melvina Germain (10/19/2006 8:43:00 PM)

    I can certainly relate to this, now I promise myself I won't forget this poem, but who am I kidding.
    Excellent work
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  • Brian Dorn (7/22/2006 12:32:00 PM)

    I think everyone over the age of 40 can relate to this. Great poem... but one I'll probably forget. (Report) Reply

  • Brian Purdy (5/21/2006 10:44:00 AM)

    The idea that we gradually lose from our hearts the lines of our favourite love-poems, as well as other precious contents as we grow old and forgetful is simply heart-breaking. I am reminded of a Borges' poem called 'Limits'. But, of course, there is a funny side to the human condition and Collins finds it here. His image of memories retiring to a 'little fishing village where there are no phones' is lovely. This was the seventh Billy Collins poem I read in a single go and first I found to which I could truly say: Yes! Think I will carry it around with me for the rest of the day - that is, if I don't forget it...B.Purdy. (Report) Reply

  • (4/17/2006 8:48:00 PM)

    I just love Billy Collins, maybe I am the pine-scented air?

    He is such the anti-poet, poet! I love his sarcasm.
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  • (4/18/2005 11:44:00 PM)

    Now I understand why I'm so forgetful: Billy Collins lives in my brain! (Report) Reply

  • (3/18/2005 1:52:00 PM)

    ...and the end is even better...well that's something... (Report) Reply

  • (3/3/2005 4:15:00 PM)

    well thank goodness i'm not the only one this is happening to (Report) Reply

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