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Author: COLLINS, BILLY
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Collins, Billy    Poet's Biography
140 poems available by this author


A HISTORY OF WEATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: It is the kind of spring morning - candid sunlight
Subject(s): Weather


A NIGHT ON EARTH       
First Line: I got home late and drank most
Subject(s): Dreams; Life; Night; Nightmares; Bedtime


A PORTRAIT OF THE READER WITH A BOWL OF CEREAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Every morning I sit across from you
Subject(s): Breakfast


A SENSE OF PLACE    Poem Text    
First Line: If things happened differently


AIMLESS LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: This morning as I walked along the lake shore


AMERICAN SONNET    Poem Text    
First Line: We do not speak like petrarch or wear a hat like spenser
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


ANOTHER REASON I DON'T KEEP A GUN IN THE HOUSE        Recitation
Subject(s): Dogs


ARISTOTLE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: This is the beginning
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Aristotle (384-322 B.c.)


BAR TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: In keeping with universal saloon practice
Last Line: The late edition like a flag in his pocket
Subject(s): Bars & Bartenders; Pubs; Taverns; Saloons


BEREFT    Poem Text    
First Line: I liked listening to you today at lunch
Last Line: The sound of the newcomers weeping
Subject(s): Death; Mourning


BOOKS    Poem Text    
First Line: From the heart of this dark evacuated campus
Subject(s): Books & Reading


BOYHOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: Alone in the basement
Subject(s): Childhood Memories


BREATHLESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Some like the mountains some like the seashore
Last Line: And no dreams to frighten me anymore
Subject(s): Death; Sleep; Dead, The


BY A SWIMMING POOL OUTSIDE SIRACUSA    Poem Text    
First Line: All afternoon I have been struggling
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


CANADA    Poem Text    
First Line: I am writing this on a strip of white birch bark
Subject(s): Canada; Canadians


CHEERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Already tonight: I have lifted my glass to jackie


CHILD DEVELOPMENT    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: As sure as prehistoric fish grew legs
Subject(s): Children; Childhood


CLASS PICTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: I am the third one
Subject(s): School


CONSOLATION    Poem Text    
First Line: How agreeable it is not to be touring italy this summer
Last Line: A road that will never lead to rome, not even bologna
Subject(s): Play


CREATURES    Poem Text    
First Line: Hamlet noticed them in the shapes of clouds,


DANCING TOWARD BETHLEHEM    Poem Text    
First Line: With surplice and cassock, cruet, thurible and candle


DAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: Each one is a gift, no doubt


DEAR READER    Poem Text    
First Line: Baudelaire sees you as his brother
Subject(s): Writing & Writers


DEATHBEDS    Poem Text    
First Line: The ancients were talkative on theirs
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


DESIGN    Poem Text    
First Line: I pour a coating of salt on the table


DHARMA    Poem Text    
First Line: The way the dog trots out the front door
Subject(s): Dogs


DOG    Poem Text    
First Line: I can hear him out in the kitchen
Last Line: Like a strange naked hermit in a cave
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


ELK RIVER FALLS    Poem Text    
First Line: Is where the elk river falls
Subject(s): Waterfalls


EMBRACE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: You know the parlor trick


FEEDBACK        Recitation by Author


FIELD GUIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: No one I ask knows the name of the flower
Subject(s): Wisteria


FIFTIETH BIRTHDAY EVE    Poem Text    
First Line: The figure alone is enough to keep me awake
Subject(s): Middle Age


FIRST READER    Poem Text    
First Line: I can see them standing politely on the wide pages
Subject(s): Books & Reading


FISHING ON THE SUSQUEHANNA IN JULY    Poem Text    
First Line: I have never been fishing on the susquehanna
Subject(s): Home


FORGETFULNESS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The name of the author is the first to go
Subject(s): Aging


FORSYTHIA    Poem Text    
First Line: It caught my eye a while ago, lit up
Subject(s): Flowers


GENIUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Was what they called you in high school
Subject(s): Genius


GOING OUT FOR CIGARETTES    Poem Text    
First Line: It's a story as famous as the three little pigs
Last Line: Downstream, and its upturned reflection in the water
Subject(s): Alienation (Social Psychology); Dissenters; Exiles; Marginality, Social; Estrangement; Outcasts


GRAVE        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Graves; Parents; Tombs; Tombstones; Parenthood


HER    Poem Text    
First Line: There is no noisier place than the suburbs,
Subject(s): Suburbs


HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: I lie in a bedroom of a house
Subject(s): Houses


IN ALL THE EXCITEMENT I FORGOT TO ASK HIS NAME    Poem Text    
First Line: In the middle of a walk
Subject(s): Whippets


IN THE EVENING    Poem Text    
First Line: The heads of roses begin to droop
Last Line: Nothing but an only child with two different masks
Subject(s): Time


IN THE ROOM OF A THOUSAND MILES    Poem Text    
First Line: I like writing about where I am
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


INFLUENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: All these years and I never realized


INSOMNIA (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Even though the house is deeply silent
Last Line: The tiny hands that keep pointing this way and that
Subject(s): Insomnia; Sleep; Sleeplessness


INTRODUCTION TO POETRY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I ask them to take a poem
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


INVENTION    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Tonight the moon is a cracker,
Subject(s): Moon


IRISH POETRY    Poem Text    
First Line: That morning under a pale hood of sky


JANUARY IN PARIS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: That winter I had nothing to do
Subject(s): Paris, France


JEALOUSY    Poem Text    
First Line: It is not the tilted buildings or the blind alleys
Subject(s): Jealousy


LADYBUG    Poem Text    
First Line: I first spotted her moving across


LITANY    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: You are the bread and the knife,
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


LIU YUNG    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: This poet of the sung dynasty is so miserable
Subject(s): Liu Yung (Sung Dynasty)


LOWELL, MASS.    Poem Text    
First Line: Kerouac was born in the same town
Last Line: To let him off at the next light
Subject(s): Beatniks; Kerouac, Jack (1922-1969); Lowell, Massachusetts


MADMEN    Poem Text    
First Line: They say you can jinx a poem
Last Line: Staring down at me with tiny illuminated eyes
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Poetry & Poets; Vandalism


MAN IN SPACE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: All you have to do is listen to the way a man
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


MAN LISTENNG TO DISC    Poem Text    
First Line: This is not bad
Last Line: As he would be with us today
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


MAPPAMUNDI    Poem Text    
First Line: On the pages I am turning are early pictures of the world
Subject(s): Geography


MARGINALIA    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Sometimes the notes are ferocious
Subject(s): Writing & Writers


MEDIUM    Poem Text    
First Line: The way I like to lay it down sometimes


MEMORIZING €ŚTHE SUN RISING€? BY JOHN DONNE    Poem Text    
First Line: Every reader loves the way he tells off
Subject(s): Donne, John (1572-1631)


MONDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: The birds are in their trees
Last Line: The stone caught in the throat of her poet-lover
Subject(s): Poetry &n Poets


MORE THAN A WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Ever since I woke up today


MORNING    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Why do we bother with the rest of the day
Subject(s): Mornings


MY NUMBER    Poem Text    
First Line: Is death miles away from this house
Last Line: I will ask, as I start talking myself out of this
Subject(s): Mortality


NIGHTCLUB    Poem Text    
First Line: You are so beautiful and I am a fool
Subject(s): Love


NO TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: In a rush this weekday morning
Subject(s): Death; Parents; Dead, The; Parenthood


NO TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: In a rush this weekday morning
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Family Life; Death; Parents; Graveyards; Relatives; Dead, The; Parenthood


NOSTALGIA    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Remember the 1340s? We were doing a dance called the catapult
Subject(s): Wit & Humor


NOVEMBER    Poem Text    
First Line: After three days of steady rain-
Last Line: While my mother calmly tells him to lie back down
Subject(s): Death; November; Dead, The


OSSO BOCO    Poem Text    
First Line: I love the sound of the bone against the plate
Subject(s): Food & Eating


PAPERWORK    Poem Text    
First Line: Enough tea and cigarettes have been consumed here
Subject(s): Writing & Writers


PARIS    Poem Text    
First Line: In the apartment someone gave me
Last Line: As they float down the river of this momentous day
Subject(s): Baths & Bathing; Paris, France; Tourists; Showers & Showering


PASSENGERS    Poem Text    
First Line: At the gate, I sit in a row of blue seats
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


PAVILION    Poem Text    
First Line: I sit in the study
Last Line: A kind of smile on my long dark lips
Subject(s): Books; Writing & Writers; Weariness


PICNIC, LIGHTNING    Poem Text    
First Line: It is possible to be struck by a meteor
Last Line: To burrow back under the loam
Subject(s): Accidents; Death; Dead, The


PIE MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: I am carrying my homemade pies down a cobblestone road
Last Line: The shapes of clouds, the wooden sign above the cheese shop
Subject(s): Food & Eating; Pies


PIN-UP    Poem Text    
First Line: The murkiness of the local garage is not so dense
Subject(s): Pin-ups


PRINT    Poem Text    
First Line: In the dining room there is a brown fish


PROGRAMS    Poem Text    
First Line: Even the earth I am balancing on feels thin
Last Line: Accusing each otgher of murder
Subject(s): Doubt


QUESTIONS ABOUT ANGELS    Poem Text    
First Line: Of all the questions you might want to ask
Subject(s): Angels


RAIN        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Censorship


READING AN ANTHOLOGY OF CHINESE POEMS OF THE SUNG DYNASTY, I PAUSE TO ADMIRE THE LENGTH AND CLARITY     Poem Text    
First Line: It seems these poets have nothing
Last Line: Cross my legs like his, and listen
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


ROMANTICISM    Poem Text    
First Line: There are the sick rooms of the nineteenth century


SCHOOLSVILLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Glancing over my shoulder at the past
Last Line: Quizzing the chandeleir, reprimanding the air
Subject(s): Education; Schools; Students


SICK ROOM    Poem Text    
First Line: Every time canaletto painted venice
Subject(s): Canal, Giovanni (Canaletto) (1697-1768)


SILENCE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: There is the sudden silence of the crowd
Subject(s): Silence


SNOW DAY    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Today we woke up to a revolution of snow
Subject(s): Snow


SOME DAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: Some days I put the people in their places at the table,


SONNET    Poem Text    
First Line: All we need is fourteen lines, well, thirteen now
Last Line: Blowout the lights, and come at last to bed
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


SPLITTING WOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: Frost covered this ages ago
Subject(s): Wood Cutting


STATUES IN THE PARK    Poem Text    
First Line: I thought of you yesterday
Last Line: Forever begging for just one more day
Subject(s): Statues


STUDENT OF CLOUDS    Poem Text    
First Line: The emotion is to be found in the clouds
Subject(s): Clouds


STUDY IN ORANGE AND WHITE    Poem Text    
First Line: I knew that james whistler was part of the paris scene
Last Line: Some water into the glass, milky-green
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters


TAKING OFF EMILY DICKINSON'S CLOTHES    Poem Text    
First Line: First, her tippet made of tulle
Subject(s): Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886); Love - Erotic; Love


THE AFTERLIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: When you are preparing for sleep, brushing your teeth
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


THE ART OF DROWNING    Poem Text    
First Line: I wonder how it all got started
Subject(s): Drowning


THE BEST CIGARETTE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: There are many that I miss
Subject(s): Cigarettes


THE BIOGRAPHY OF A CLOUD    Poem Text    
First Line: It would have been easier to follow johnson
Subject(s): Clouds


THE BREATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Just as in the horror movies


THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM OF ART    Poem Text    
First Line: I wil now step over the soft velvet rope
Last Line: My steps toward the misty vanishing point
Subject(s): Brooklyn Museum Of Ar


THE CHAIRS THAT NO ONE SITS IN    Poem Text    
First Line: You see them on porches and on lawns
Subject(s): Chairs


THE DEATH OF ALLEGORY    Poem Text    
First Line: I am wondering what became of all those tall abstractions
Subject(s): Allegory


THE END OF THE WORLD    Poem Text    
First Line: It is a subject profound I think I should
Subject(s): Doomsday


THE FIRST NIGHT    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Night; Death; Bedtime; Dead, The


THE GENIUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Is standing at a stove in a bathrobe


THE GOLDEN YEARS    Poem Text    
First Line: All I do these drawn-out days
Subject(s): Old Age


THE HANGOVER        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Hangover; Wit & Humor


THE HISTORY TEACHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Trying to protect his students' innocence
Subject(s): Education; Schools; Students


THE IRON BRIDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: I am standing on a disused iron bridge
Last Line: With no end or name, some boundless province of water
Subject(s): Cormorants; Bridges; Mothers; Water; Death


THE LANYARD    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The other day I was ricocheting slowly


THE LISTENER    Poem Text    
First Line: I cannot see you a thousand miles from hear
Subject(s): Sound


THE LONG DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: In the morning I ate a banana
Subject(s): Human Behavior; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


THE MOMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: It was a day in june, all lawn and sky


THE MORNING AFTER MY DEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: On the morning that follows my death, the sun
Last Line: And low gray clouds will sweep over this neighborhood
Subject(s): Death; Life


THE MOST COMMONLY USED WORDS IN CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN POETRY       
First Line: That light is again number one surprises me
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THE MOVIES    Poem Text    
First Line: I would like to watch a movie tonight
Subject(s): Motion Pictures; Movies; Cinema


THE NEXT POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Whenever the question comes up
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THE ONLY DAY IN EXISTENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: The morning sun is so pale


THE PARADE    Poem Text    
First Line: How exhilarating it was to march
Subject(s): Parades


THE TEACHER        Recitation
Subject(s): Death; Maps; Future Life; Dead, The; Retribution; Eternity; After Life


THE THREE WISHES    Poem Text    
First Line: Because he has been starving
Last Line: A decent bottle of italian or even chilean red
Subject(s): Story-telling; Wishes


THE TROUBLE WITH POETRY        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THE WAITRESS    Poem Text    
First Line: She brings a drink to the table
Last Line: Beyond these late-night, practically empty streets
Subject(s): Life; Night; Waiting; Bedtime


THE WIRES OF THE NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: I thought about his death for so many hours,
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


THESAURUS    Poem Text    
First Line: It could be the name of a prehistoric beast
Subject(s): Thesaurus


THREESOME    Poem Text    
First Line: Two drakes and one duck standing still


TODAY    Poem Text    
First Line: If ever there were a spring day so perfect
Last Line: Well, today is just that kind of day
Subject(s): Spring


TOMES    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a section in my library for death
Last Line: That foams around my waist
Subject(s): Books


TRAVELING ALONE    Poem Text    
First Line: At the hotel coffee shop that morning
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


TUESDAY, JUNE 4TH, 1991    Poem Text    
First Line: By the time I get myself out of bed, my wife has left
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters; Chores


WATER TABLE    Poem Text    
First Line: It is on dry sunny days like this one that I find myself
Subject(s): Water


WHAT I LEARNED TODAY    Poem Text    
First Line: I never heard john bernard flannagan
Subject(s): Knowledge


WHAT SHE SAID    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: When he told me he expected me to pay for dinner
Subject(s): Wit & Humor


WHILE EATING A PEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: After we have finished here


WHY I WOULD RATHER BE A PAINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: For one thing
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters; Likes & Dislikes


WINTER SPARROW    Poem Text    
First Line: The first thing I heard early that morning
Subject(s): Sparrows


WORKSHOP    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Might as well begin by saying how much I like the title.


WRITING IN THE AFTERLIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: I imagined the atmosphere would be clear
Subject(s): Death; Future Life; Writing & Writers; Dead, The; Retribution; Eternity; After Life