(Poet, Poet Laureate
of the United States, 2001-2003)
[1941 - ]
Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry (2003)
A dazzling new anthology of 180 contemporary poems, selected and
introduced by America’s Poet Laureate, Billy Collins.
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.
A 180-degree turn implies a turning back—in this case, to poetry. A
collection of 180 poems by the most exciting poets at work today, Poetry
180 represents the richness and diversity of the form, and is designed to
beckon readers with a selection of poems that are impossible not to love
at first glance. Open the anthology to any page and discover a new poem to
cherish, or savor all the poems, one at a time, to feel the full measure
of contemporary poetry’s vibrance and abundance.
With poems by Billy Collins, Catherine Bowman, Charles Simic, Dana Gioia,
David Wojahn, Edward Hirsch, Frances Mayes, Galway Kinnell, Katha Pollitt,
Kenneth Koch, Lucille Clifton, Mary Jo Salter, Naomi Shihab Nye, Paul
Muldoon, Paul Zimmer, Philip Levine, Sharon Olds, Thomas Lux, William
Matthews, and many more.
180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Everyday Life (2005)
The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry
(2005), Sue Ellen Thompson, ed.
The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary Poetry is an exciting
collection of work from more than ninety of the best poets writing today
including Denise Duhamel, Gerald Stern, Jean Valentine, Jo McDougall,
Maxine Kumin, Nick Flynn, Phillip Levine, Rita Dove, Stephen Dunn, Tim
Seibles, Tony Hoagland, and many others.
The Best American Poetry 2006
(2006), Billy Collins and
David Lehman, eds.
Billy Collins, one of our most beloved poets, has chosen poems of wit,
humor, imagination, and surprise, in a range of styles and forms, for
The Best American Poetry 2006. The result is a celebration of the
pleasures of poetry.
In his charming and candid introduction Collins explains how he chose
seventy-five poems from among the thousands he considered. With insightful
comments from the poets illuminating their work, and series editor David
Lehman's thought-provoking foreword, The Best American Poetry 2006
is a brilliant addition to a series that links the most noteworthy verse
and prose poems of our time to a readership as discerning as it is devoted
to the art of poetry.
Billy Collins Live (2005)
In this exclusive audio publishing event, Billy Collins, former U.S. Poet
Laureate, shares an evening of his poetry in a benefit reading for WNYC, New
York Public Radio. Often compared to Robert Frost, his poetry has been
embraced by people of all ages and backgrounds, and his readings are most
often standing room only.
Performed by the author at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City,
Billy Collins reads 24 of his poems, including "Dharma" --a spiritual yet
humbling ode to man's best friend, "The Lanyard--an amusing recollection
about the popular, if not pointless, summer camp pastime, and "Consolation"
--a tongue-in-cheek reflection of a cancelled European trip, and the
benefits of staying home instead. In addition to the poetry readings,
Collins also spends some time in a brief question and answer session where
he reflects on what makes good poetry, his own process of reaching his
audiences as a poet, the success of his Poetry 180 programs in schools
nationwide, and an amusing sidebar on his memories growing up as an only
child. At times pensive and sardonic, amusing and subtly sarcastic, Billy
Collins Live celebrates both the simple and the complex in a language
that appeals to all. CD.
The Best Cigarette (2005)
The selected poems of Billy Collins read by the author. 33 poems, over 70
minutes, very high quality recording on
Daddy's Little Boy (2004) with
Maggie Kneen, Illustrator
You're an angel from heaven, sent down from above,
You're daddy's little boy, to have and to love. . .
The song "Daddy's Little Boy" has been a favorite of fathers and sons -- and
mothers, too -- for more than fifty years. In this first ever picture-book
version, a caring daddy bear and his little cub bring the moving lyrics to
life as they bask in each other's love. The full lyrics and music are
included for the whole family to enjoy together.
Video Poems (1979)
The Apple That Astonished Paris
To read The Apple That Astonished Paris is to pass into a
linguistic world reminiscent of the visual worlds of Gorey and Sendak, or
a gentle passing over into the "far side."
Questions About Angels (1991)
Selected by Edward Hirsch for the National Poetry Series, Questions
About Angels, Billy Collins's fourth book of poems, is available
again. Remarkable for their wry, inquisitive voice and their sheer
imaginative range, these poems are probing explorations, journeys into the
unexpected. Questions About Angels reinforces Collins's place among the
most talented poets of this generation.
Art Of Drowning (1995)
The Art of Drowning -
one of the books that helped establish and secure his reputation and
popularity during the 1990s-is distinctive in its variety of interests and
the generous hospitality of its voice. Ranging from an analysis of Keats's
handwriting to the art form of the calendar pinup, the subjects of his
poems inspire imaginative play.
Picnic, Lightning (1998)
Picnic, Lightning-one of the books that helped establish and secure
his reputation and popularity during the 1990s-combines humor and
seriousness, wit and sublimity. His poems touch on a wide range of
subjects, from jazz to death, from weather to sex, but share common ground
where the mind and heart can meet.
Taking Off Emily Dickinson's Clothes
Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems
Sailing Alone Around the Room, by America’s
Poet Laureate, Billy Collins, contains both new poems and a generous
gathering from his earlier collections The Apple That Astonished Paris,
Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, and Picnic, Lightning. These
poems show Collins at his best, performing the kinds of distinctive poetic
maneuvers that have delighted and fascinated so many readers. They may
begin in curiosity and end in grief; they may start with irony and end
with lyric transformation; they may, and often do, begin with the everyday
and end in the infinite. Possessed of a unique voice that is at once plain
and melodic, Billy Collins has managed to enrich American poetry while
greatly widening the circle of its audience.
Nine Horses (2002)
In Nine Horses, Billy Collins, America’s Poet Laureate for
2001–2003, continues his delicate negotiation between the clear and the
mysterious, the comic and the elegiac. The poems in this collection reach
dazzling heights while being firmly grounded in the everyday. Traveling by
train, lying on a beach, and listening to jazz on the radio are the
seemingly ordinary activities whose hidden textures are revealed by
Collins’s poetic eye. With clarity, precision, and enviable wit, Collins
transforms those moments we too often take for granted into brilliant
feats of creative imagination. Nine Horses is a poetry collection to savor
and to share.
The Trouble with Poetry: and Other Poems
Playfulness, spare elegance, and wit epitomize the poetry of Billy
Collins. With his distinct voice and accessible language, America’s
two-term Poet Laureate has opened the door to poetry for countless people
for whom it might otherwise remain closed.
Like the present book’s title, Collins’s poems are filled with mischief,
humor, and irony, “Poetry speaks to all people, it is said, but here I
would like to address / only those in my own time zone”–but also with
quiet observation, intense wonder, and a reverence for the everyday: “The
birds are in their trees, / the toast is in the toaster, / and the poets
are at their windows. / They are at their windows in every section of the
tangerine of earth–the Chinese poets looking up at the moon, / the
American poets gazing out / at the pink and blue ribbons of sunrise.”
Through simple language, Collins shows that good poetry doesn’t have to be
obscure or incomprehensible, qualities that are perhaps the real trouble
with most “serious” poetry: “By now, it should go without saying / that
what the oven is to the baker / and the berry-stained blouse to the
drycleaner / so the window is to the poet.”
In this dazzling new collection, his first in three years, Collins
explores boyhood, jazz, love, the passage of time, and, of course,
writing–themes familiar to Collins’s fans but made new here. Gorgeous,
funny, and deeply empathetic, Billy Collins’s poetry is a window through
which we see our lives as if for the first time.
She Was Just Seventeen (2006),
with Lee Gurga, ed.
A fine letter press edition of haiku.
The Eye of the Poet: Six Views of the Art and Craft of Poetry (2001),
David Citino, ed.
Featuring contributions from widely published and practicing poets who are
also experienced teachers and presenters of poetry, The Eye of the Poet:
Six Views of the Art and Craft of Poetry provides students and other
readers with invaluable practical advice. Ideal for courses in poetry
writing and creative writing, it includes six sections written by Ann
Townsend, Billy Collins, Carol Muske, David Baker, David Citino,
Maxine Kumin, and Yusef Komunyakaa. These poets speak their minds about
their relationship with their art and craft, offering guidance to writers
at all levels of experience from the beginner to the veteran.
In their essays, the contributors include examples of poems--written by
themselves or others--to illustrate key points. While the chapters are
meant to be self-contained explorations, they are also interrelated parts
of the volume as a whole. The Eye of the Poet is a stimulating
conversation in which successful poets share with readers their
enthusiasm, knowledge, and vision, as well as their estimation of the
possibilities of the poem. In this book, students of poetry will discover
the wide variety of options available to them when they sit down to create
their own works.
Poetry Speaks to Children (2005)
by Dominique Raccah and Elise Paschen, eds. with Judy Love, Paula
Zinngrabe Wendland, and Wendy Rasmussen, Illustrators
Parents, educators, librarians, and poetry enthusiasts have wondered for
years how to get children really interested in poetry. Until now, there
hasn't been a collection of poems and poets that spoke directly to that
elusive audience. Poetry Speaks to Children cracks through that
barrier by packaging the best poems by the best authors along with a
CD-making the engrossing and often mischievous verses come alive in the
voices of many of the creators.
Poetry Speaks to Children reaches into the world of poetry and
pulls out the elements children love: rhyme, rhythm, fun and, every once
in a while, a little mischief.
More than 90 poems, for children ages six and up, celebrate the written
word and feature a star-studded lineup of beloved poets, including: Billy
Collins, Dennis Lee, Gwendolyn Brooks, John Ciardi, Langston Hughes, Nikki
Giovanni, Ogden Nash, Rita Dove, Roald Dahl, Robert Frost, J. R. R.
Tolkien, Seamus Heaney, Sonia Sanchez, and X. J. Kennedy.
On the accompanying CD, 50 of the poems are brought to life--most read by
the poets themselves--allow the reader to hear the words as the poets
intended. Ages 4-8.
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