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  Billy Collins - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Billy Collins (born March 22, 1941) is an American poet who served two terms as the fourty-fourth Poet Laureate of the United States, from 2001 to 2003.
Collins is a distinguished Professor of English at Lehman College, City University of New York, where he taught from 1968 to 2001 and has remained a member of the faculty.
Despite being oft compared to Robert Frost, Collins' poetry is marked by a rejection of restrictive forms such as the sonnet and villanelle.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Billy_Collins   (777 words)

Collins may not be a very learned poet, but he is not kitsch; Collins is much less interesting than kitsch–he is strictly banal, he wants us to know how uncomfortably banal poetry is, and he does a very good job of making us not want to read poetry any more.
Billy Collins is a new development for workshop poetry because he has lowered the stakes.
Billy Collins’ poems deliver the quintessential New Age message: Relax, it’s OK to be yourself, the world is kind and gentle and mildly amusing and will eventually take care of you.
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 Billy Collins | An Interview with the US Poet Laureate (Terra Incognita)
Billy Collins is a deeply humorous poet—a description that only begins to suggest the wide talent of his writing.
Billy Collins: Influence is always a looming question for me. Danilo Kis said that when we ask a writer about his influences, we are treating him like an infant in a basket abandoned on the front steps of a convent.
Billy Collins: It took a long time for poetry to be able to include the everyday, and now it devotes a lot of energy to celebrating it.
www.terraincognita.50megs.com /interview.html   (3591 words)

 The Poetry Center: Billy Collins & Ira Glass Conversation
Billy: Oh yea, I see what you're asking, oh yeah I did that for years, that's why it took me so long to be able to write poems that I liked, because I was writing (laugh) I was writing terrible poems that were kind of poetry with a capital "P".
Billy: There were better influences I think, more relaxed voices than Wallace Stevens, because I grew up being fed by high modernism, you know, Crane, Elliot, Stevens, and Pound, and it took a while to get out from under their shadow.
Billy: No, I felt… no I was glad he had done it, it was the only thing that was there to do but it was, uh, I felt justified I guess… there was a nagging suspicion that that difficulty was in some way unnecessary.
www.poetrycenter.org /involved/news/billyandira.html   (2830 words)

 Billy Collins Home Page
Collins uses simplistic stanzas to try to create images that pull the reader away from real life and draw them into his poetic creation.
Billy Collins, a current teacher at Lehman College, was born in 1941 and has lived in New York City since his birth.
Billy Collins doesn’t force meter or rhyme into his poems in order to draw the reader’s attention; instead he uses his witty descriptions and comedy.
project1.caryacademy.org /echoes/03-04/Billy_Collins/Defaultcollins.htm   (472 words)

 Dr. Darling reviews Billy Collins
Collins is criticized in some circles for being understandable; it is hard to imagine the readers of Billy Collins and of John Ashbery existing in the same universe -- perhaps they do not.
Collins writes a great deal about writing; poets have always done this to some extent, though it became much more common in the 20th century, as if poets sought to will their material of words with all their limiting denotations to an abstraction found in music.
As Collins explains in his note: "It is a poem of four six-line stanzas in which the first and second lines, as well as the third and fourth lines of the first three stanzas, must use all the words from the preceding lines and only those words.
www.n2hos.com /acm/rev112001b.html   (1115 words)

 Powells.com Interviews - Billy Collins   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Collins: I think what's interesting to me is not so much movements or the state of American poetry or post-postmodernism, but actual poems and how they work, how they maneuver.
Collins: The poems taught in schools tend to be lagging behind fifty or a hundred years.
Collins: My poetry is suburban, it's domestic, it's middle class, and it's sort of unashamedly that, but I hope there's enough imaginative play in there that it's not simply poems about barbequing.
www.powells.com /authors/collins.html   (3886 words)

 Bookslut | The Trouble with Poetry: And Other Poems by Billy Collins
Collins not only conjures images of “watercolors on the horizon,” he also mentions “windows and a field beyond” and a “bright moon on the glimmering water.” And perhaps he, like my classmate, should also be admonished for these moments.
Collins struggles here with both parts of this question by using, as he always does, familiar human implements: salt and pepper shakers, an old house, a toy train, yellow flowers in a glass of water.
Collins concludes here that the world we see, with its sun and wineglasses, is a truth in itself, not inferior to anything beyond it.
www.bookslut.com /poetry/2005_12_007292.php   (488 words)

 Online NewsHour: Billy Collins - December 10, 2001
Collins is Professor of English at Lehman College, City university of New York, where he has taught for 30 years.
BILLY COLLINS: Well, the poem is called "Introduction to Poetry." It's about the teaching of poetry to students.
BILLY COLLINS: Well, I think I'm making up for previous sins, because when I was in graduate school, I was taught that difficulty was part of the value of poetry, and I committed the sin of difficulty over and over again in my earlier writing.
www.pbs.org /newshour/bb/entertainment/july-dec01/collins_12-10.html   (1440 words)

 Billy Collins - Library Writers Series, Fall 2005- SUNY Ulster   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
No wonder Collins sees his poetry as "a form of travel writing" and considers humor "a door into the serious." It is a door that many thousands of readers have opened with amazement and delight.
Billy Collins is a professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York.
Billy Collins is a Distinguished Professor of English at Lehman College, City University of New York, where he has taught for 30 years.
www.sunyulster.edu /people/Collins.asp   (808 words)

 Poet Laureate promotes 'events for the ear' | csmonitor.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Collins jokes that the purpose of the poet laureate position is "to put one poet out of commission who seemed to be doing well." In addition to his many speaking engagements, he runs the reading series at the Library of Congress, and he created Poetry 180, a program aimed at high school students.
Collins chose the titles for their "transparency" and their ability to show that poetry "is an event for your ear, that it conveys instant pleasure." He plans to change the selections in Poetry 180 for the next school year, "like updating a jukebox."
Collins, who has published seven books of verse, is himself a master at capturing natural speech while avoiding "social conversation." He begins his poems with "something simple, something familiar, and I allow the poem to become more mysterious as it develops.
www.csmonitor.com /2002/0425/p15s01-bogn.html   (1105 words)

 Lit Controversy : Billy Collins
Collins' poetry and there are those who don't — for reasons they have attempted to state here at this obscure website, as one of you wrote — and I'm afraid the twain shall never meet.
Collins' poetry to be refreshing in a day and age where everyone is attacked who hold to simple beliefs.
Billy Collins is accessible--he enters your mind with hum drum everyday tasks/thoughts and manages, before he leaves you, to make you think about them as well as your view of things in some new way--maybe only a small way--but a new way.
www.beilharz.com /controversy/collins.html   (1294 words)

 Powell's Books - Nine Horses: Poems by Billy Collins   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
These new poems, in which Collins continues his delicate negotiations between the clear and the mysterious, the comic and the elegiac, are sure to sustain and increase his audience of avid readers.
These new poems, in which Collins continues his delicate negotiations between the clear and the mysterious, the comic and the elegiac, are sure to sustain and increase the Poet Laureate's audience of avid readers.
Billy Collins, named U.S. Poet Laureate in June 2001 and reappointed to the post in 2002, has published seven collections of poetry, including The Apple That Astonished Paris; Nine Horses; Picnic, Lightning; The Art of Drowning; and Sailing Alone Around the Room.
www.powells.com /biblio/1-0375755209-0   (401 words)

 Collins - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Billy Collins, an American poet, and former US Poet Laureate.
Eileen Collins, an American astronaut and first female commander of a Space Shuttle.
Kerry Collins, a quarterback in the National Football League.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Collins   (232 words)

 Colleges & Grad Schools - Poet Laureate Billy Collins: Lehman College
Billy Collins was recently elected the Library of Congress’s eleventh Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry.
Collins accessibility has made him a popular and successful poet, rarely described in his profession as “making money on the job”.
Collins has published six books of poetry in a relatively short career and has also put out a number of compact discs.
www.educationupdate.com /archives/2002/jan_02/htmls/college_billycollins.html   (793 words)

 The Selling of Billy Collins
Collins, who was raised in Jackson Heights, Queens, and teaches in the city university system at Lehman College in the Bronx, caused the literary equivalent of Beatlemania.
Collins read some of his poems on Garrison Keillor's show, "A Prairie Home Companion." He was also interviewed on the popular National Public Radio program "Fresh Air." But perhaps the biggest factor in the book's success was Mr.
Collins realizes that a certain amount of myth-making is involved in his come- from-behind image, but he also believes there is some truth to it.
www.poetrycenter.org /BillyCollinsNYT.htm   (1466 words)

 Billy Collins ★ Steven Barclay Agency
Billy Collins has published eight collections of poetry, including Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, Picnic, Lightning, Taking Off Emily Dickinson’s Clothes, Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems, Nine Horses, and The Trouble With Poetry and Other Poems.
Included among the honors Billy Collins has received are fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation.
In October 2004, Collins was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s Mark Twain Award for humor in poetry.
www.barclayagency.com /collins.html   (428 words)

 Billy Collins Report 2005   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Billy Collins asks this question with this piece, Introduction to Poetry, in it, his interest is in the reader’s heart toward a childlike curiosity, in hope of stimulating a simple pleasure rather than a long illogical search for the poems assumed, in depth meaning.
Collins sets his wings afloat and allows his eyes a moment of listing instead of mortifying the scribbling as uneducated nonsense.
Collins does not handle reality for popularity sake, nor does he sustain a disregard for his fans, of which is so diversified.
www.jpringlephoto.com /Poetry2005/BCollins.htm   (979 words)

 yaledailynews.com - Poet Billy Collins entertains at Tea   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Collins read several of his poems to the crowd, including pieces with titles like "Fishing on the Susquehanna in July" and "I Chop Some Parsley While Listening to Art Blakey's Version of 'Three Blind Mice.'" After reading the latter, Collins said he had discovered an unintentional trend in his poems.
Collins explained how choosing the Poet Laureate is the sole responsibility of the Librarian of Congress, which appoints a laureate every October.
Collins insisted that though he has very few duties and does not care about poetry's small audience, poetry must be important.
www.yaledailynews.com /article.asp?AID=18041   (695 words)

 Seattle Arts & Lectures - Billy Collins
Billy Collins describes poetry as "the only surviving history we have of human emotion." The most popular poet in America today, Collins was appointed the United States Poet Laureate for 2001 to 2003.
The poems are meant to be read aloud and enjoyed; Collins’ hope is to convey the pleasures of poetry by cutting through its perceived inaccessibility.
Collins is a professor of English at Lehman College, where he has taught for more than thirty years.
www.lectures.org /collins.html   (250 words)

 The Academy of American Poets - Billy Collins
Billy Collins was born in New York City in 1941.
Collins has edited Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry (Random House, 2003), an anthology of contemporary poems for use in schools.
Collins has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation.
www.poets.org /poet.php/prmPID/278   (306 words)

 Poets&Writers, Inc.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Collins has so far recorded one program of poetry and is now recording a second, scheduled to take off this month.
Collins says he tries to select poems that are "fairly short and fairly clear, delivering pleasure in one hearing." The jazz pieces, which he characterizes as "not too alarming and relatively peaceful," are performed by such jazz greats as Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, and Chet Baker.
Collins says he considers the poetry channel, which he launched during his last month as poet laureate, to be among his three most important contributions during his tenure.
www.pw.org /mag/0401/newssofer.htm   (732 words)

 Billy Collins: Poetry Reading at Stanford
The first poem in this anthology is Billy Collins' "Introduction to Poetry"—; a wonderful way to get kids to appreciate poetry for its freshness instead of inducing fear in getting its meaning.
Fields said that Collins' poetry books outsold many fiction writers— "Billy Collins quotes like a musician, conveys the zest of experience." Collins thanked Fields, saying "your introduction could be broken up into poetry." Collins then read 22 poems with much humor, drawing continuous laughter from the crowd.
Collins autographed the ad with his photo in my copy of the Stanford Daily as well as the Poetry 180 which I checked out of the Stanford Library yesterday.
www.wisdomportal.com /Stanford/BillyCollins.html   (1462 words)

 Random House | Authors | Billy Collins
Inspired by Billy Collins’s poem-a-day program for American high schools that he began through the Library of Congress, the original Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry was a gathering of clear, contemporary poems aimed at a wide...
Inspired by Billy Collins’s poem-a-day program with the Library of Congress, Poetry 180 is the perfect anthology for readers who appreciate engaging, thoughtful poems that are an immediate pleasure.
As Billy Collins writes in his Foreword, “Each of these images is a visual report from underground, the testimony of an optical Virgil bringing...
www.randomhouse.com /author/results.pperl?authorid=5405   (736 words)

 Amazon.com: The Best Cigarette: Books: Billy Collins   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Billy Collins is a very funny guy, but while his voice (to rip from its careful context one of his own lines) "sounds in places very casual, very blue jeans", it embraces within the artful reach of the poetic lines that carry it a great range of reading and observation.
Billy Collins' wry wit and his eloquent voice contribute a comical resonance.
There is little to say other than Billy Collins is a gift to this and future generations, and hearing the poet speak the poet's words is exceedingly satisfying.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0965887308?v=glance   (2262 words)

 Amazon.com: Poetry 180 : A Turning Back to Poetry: Books: Billy Collins   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Billy Collins accomplishes exactly what he said he would with this anthology: make modern poetry accessible and enjoyable to modern readers, particularly those without a previous bent toward poetry.
Collins, thankfully, avoids poetry that does nothing more than play with language, trudging through the muck of flimsy abstractions to bring his readers the diamonds in the modern rough.
Billy Collins, a rather entertaining and usually smart poet (although often lacking in depth), has done himself and poetry a disservice here by hurling his name into the crowded field of anthology editors with this haphazard selection that's neither comprehensive nor eclectic -- it's just superficial.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0812968875?v=glance   (1686 words)

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