Who is Billy Collins

William James Collins, known as Billy Collins, (born March 22, 1941) is an American poet, appointed as Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003. In 2016, Collins retired from his position as a Distinguished Professor at Lehman College of the City University of New York after teaching there almost 50 years. Collins is the Senior Distinguished Fellow of the Winter Park Institute at Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida. Collins was considered as a Literary Lion of the New York Public Library (1992) and selected as the New York State Poet for 2004 through 2006. As of 2018, he is a teacher in the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton.

Personal life Billy Collins was born in New York City to William and Katherine Collins and grew up in Queens and Wh...
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Billy Collins Poems

  • Study In Orange And White
    I knew that James Whistler was part of the Paris scene,
    but I was still surprised when I found the painting
    of his mother at the Musée d'Orsay
    among all the colored dots and mobile brushstrokes...
  • The First Dream
    The Wind is ghosting around the house tonight
    and as I lean against the door of sleep
    I begin to think about the first person to dream,
    how quiet he must have seemed the next morning...
  • Madmen
    They say you can jinx a poem
    if you talk about it before it is done.
    If you let it out too early, they warn,
    your poem will fly away,...
  • Walking Across The Atlantic
    I wait for the holiday crowd to clear the beach
    before stepping onto the first wave.

    Soon I am walking across the Atlantic...
  • Workshop
    I might as well begin by saying how much I like the title.
    It gets me right away because I'm in a workshop now
    so immediately the poem has my attention,
    like the Ancient Mariner grabbing me by the sleeve. ...
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Water 16 Time 16 Night 16 Morning 14 Light 14 Never 14 Dark 13 World 13 White 12 House 12


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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Poem
Beatrice. (From Dante. Purgatorio, Xxx., Xxxi.)
 by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Even as the Blessed, at the final summons,
Shall rise up quickened, each one from his grave,
Wearing again the garments of the flesh,
So, upon that celestial chariot,
A hundred rose
ad vocem tanti senis
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Ministers and messengers of life eternal.
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