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Billy Collins

Biography

Billy Collins

Billy Collins is the author of 12 collections of poetry, including THE RAIN IN PORTUGAL, AIMLESS LOVE, HOROSCOPES FOR THE DEAD, BALLISTICS, THE TROUBLE WITH POETRY, NINE HORSES, SAILING ALONE AROUND THE ROOM, QUESTIONS ABOUT ANGELS, THE ART OF DROWNING and PICNIC, LIGHTNING. He is also the editor of POETRY 180: A Turning Back to Poetry, 180 MORE: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day and BRIGHT WINGS: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds. A Distinguished Professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York and Senior Distinguished Fellow at the Winter Park Institute of Rollins College, he was Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003 and New York State Poet from 2004 to 2006. In 2016 he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Billy Collins

Books by Billy Collins

by Billy Collins - Poetry, Poetry Collection

THE RAIN IN PORTUGAL --- a title that admits he’s not much of a rhymer --- sheds Billy Collins’ ironic light on such subjects as travel and art, cats and dogs, loneliness and love, beauty and death. His tones range from the whimsical --- “the dogs of Minneapolis… / have no idea they’re in Minneapolis” --- to the elegiac in a reaction to the death of Seamus Heaney. A student of the everyday, here Collins contemplates a weather vane, a still life painting, the calendar, and a child lost at a beach. His imaginative fabrications have Shakespeare flying comfortably in first class and Keith Richards supporting the globe on his head.