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Biography of Billy Collins

Billy Collins

Billy Collins (1941 - Present)

Billy Collins (born March 22 1941) is an accomplished American poet who served two terms as the eleventh Poet Laureate of the United States. In his home state, he has been recognized as a Literary Lion of the New York Public Library and selected as the New York State Poet for 2004.

He was born William Collins in a small William Carlos Williams worked as a Holy Cross College, and earned a romantic poetry at the 1971.

Collin is a distinguished Professor of English at City University of New York, where he taught from 1968 to 2001 and has remained a member of the faculty. More recently, he has taught and served as a visiting writer at Sarah Lawrence College

As U.S. Poet Laureate, he read his poem "The Names" at a special joint session of the September 6

His books of poetry include:

  • Nine Horses (2002)
  • Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems (2001)
  • Picnic, Lightning (1998)
  • The Art of Drowning (1995), which was a Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize
  • Questions About Angels (1991), the winner (two years later) of the National Poetry Series competition
  • The Apple That Astonished Paris (1988)
  • Video Poems (1977)

He recorded The Best Cigarette in 1997, a collection of 33 of his poems. He also recorded two of his poems for the audio versions of Garrison Keillor's collection Good Poems (2002).

Collins' poetry is marked by a rejection of restrictive forms such as the villanelle. For instance, his poem Sonnet begins "All we need is fourteen lines, well, thirteen now", and continues in this vein; the "sonnet" is fourteen lines, but does not rhyme and is not, until the final line, iambic pentameter. His Paradelle for Susan is emblematic of his rejection of formal poetry.

Over the years, Poetry magazine has awarded him several prizes in recognition of poems they publish. During the 1990s, Collins has won five such prizes. The magazine also selected him as "Poet of the Year" in 1994. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation in 1993, and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

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42 Poems written by Billy Collins

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"Every time we get a big gale around here Comments and analysis of For Bartleby The Scrivener by Billy Collins 2 Comments
You are the bread and the knife, Comments and analysis of Litany by Billy Collins 2 Comments
All afternoon I have been struggling
And I start wondering how they came to be blind. Comments and analysis of I Chop Some Parsley While Listening To Art Blakey's Version Of 1 Comment
As sure as prehistoric fish grew legs Comments and analysis of Child Development by Billy Collins 25 Comments
Baudelaire considers you his brother, Comments and analysis of Dear Reader by Billy Collins 5 Comments
How agreeable it is not to be touring Italy this summer, Comments and analysis of Consolation by Billy Collins 81 Comments
I am standing on a disused iron bridge Comments and analysis of The Iron Bridge by Billy Collins 1 Comment
I ask them to take a poem Comments and analysis of Introduction To Poetry by Billy Collins 81 Comments
I have never been fishing on the Susquehanna Comments and analysis of Fishing On The Susquehanna In July by Billy Collins 486 Comments
I knew that James Whistler was part of the Paris scene,
I turn around on the gravel Comments and analysis of I Go Back To The House For A Book by Billy Collins 5 Comments
I wait for the holiday crowd to clear the beach Comments and analysis of Walking Across The Atlantic by Billy Collins 5 Comments
I wonder how it all got started, this business Comments and analysis of The Art Of Drowning by Billy Collins 6 Comments
If ever there were a spring day so perfect, Comments and analysis of Today by Billy Collins 26 Comments
In most self-portraits it is the face that dominates: Comments and analysis of Candle Hat by Billy Collins 264 Comments
In the usual iconography of the temple or the local Wok Comments and analysis of Shoveling Snow With Buddha by Billy Collins 278 Comments
It could be the name of a prehistoric beast Comments and analysis of Thesaurus by Billy Collins 30 Comments
It is possible to be struck by a Comments and analysis of Picnic, Lightning by Billy Collins 3 Comments
It seems these poets have nothing
Now it is time to say what you have to say. Comments and analysis of Silence by Billy Collins 9 Comments
Remember the 1340's? We were doing a dance called the Catapult. Comments and analysis of Nostalgia by Billy Collins 2 Comments
Smokey the Bear heads Comments and analysis of Flames by Billy Collins 16 Comments
Sometimes the notes are ferocious, Comments and analysis of Marginalia by Billy Collins 1 Comment
The early sun is so pale and shadowy, Comments and analysis of The Only Day In Existence by Billy Collins 35 Comments
The murkiness of the local garage is not so dense Comments and analysis of Pinup by Billy Collins 1 Comment
The name of the author is the first to go Comments and analysis of Forgetfulness by Billy Collins 287 Comments
The neighbors' dog will not stop barking. Comments and analysis of Another Reason Why I Don't Keep A Gun In The House by Billy Collins 86 Comments
The way the dog trots out the front door Comments and analysis of Dharma by Billy Collins 26 Comments
The whole idea of it makes me feel Comments and analysis of On Turning Ten by Billy Collins 287 Comments
The Wind is ghosting around the house tonight Comments and analysis of The First Dream by Billy Collins 73 Comments
There are many that I miss Comments and analysis of The Best Cigarette by Billy Collins 95 Comments
There is a section in my library for death
They say you can jinx a poem Comments and analysis of Madmen by Billy Collins 19 Comments
This is not bad -- Comments and analysis of Man Listening To Disc by Billy Collins 1 Comment
Today I pass the time reading
Today we woke up to a revolution of snow, Comments and analysis of Snow Day by Billy Collins 121 Comments
Tonight the moon is a cracker, Comments and analysis of Invention by Billy Collins 2 Comments
What scene would I want to be enveloped in
When all of a sudden the city air filled with snow, Comments and analysis of Neither Snow by Billy Collins 221 Comments
You are so beautiful and I am a fool Comments and analysis of Nightclub by Billy Collins 89 Comments
You know the brick path in the back of the house, Comments and analysis of Directions by Billy Collins 286 Comments

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