Billy Collins

Billy Collins's new collection, Horoscopes for the Dead, will be published early next year. He served as the U.S. poet laureate from 2001 to 2003.

  • The Five Spot

    There’s always a lesson to be learned, whether in a hotel bar. or over tea in a teahouse, no matter which way it goes, for you or…

  • Orient

    You are turning me. like someone turning a globe in her hand, and yes, I have another side. like a China no one, not even me, has ever…

  • Osprey

    Oh, large, brown, thickly feathered creature. with a distinctive white head, you, perched on the top branch. of a tree near the lake shore, as…

  • Cemetery Ride

    Listen to the poet read this poem aloud. My new copper-colored bicycle. is looking pretty fine under a blue sky. as I pedal along a sandy…

  • Poetry: Billy Collins, 'Searching'

    Hear former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins read his poem 'Searching', originally published in October 2008

  • Grave

    Also see:Audio: "Grave" Billy Collins reads this poem aloud What do you think of my new glasses. I asked as I stood under a shade…

  • Searching

    Audio: Hear Billy Collins read this poem aloud. I recall someone once admitting. that all he remembered of Anna Karenina. was something about a…

  • The Peasants' Revolt

    Hear the author read this poem (in RealAudio) It will all be over soon enough—the shirt hanging from the doorknob,trees beyond the…

  • House

    I lie in a bedroom in a house. that was built in 1862, we were told— the two windows still facing east. into the bright daily reveille of…

  • Snow Day

    Today we woke up to a revolution of snow, its white flag waving over everything, the landscape vanished, not a single mouse to punctuate the…

  • Invention

    INVENTION by Billy Collins. Tonight the moon is a cracker, with a bite out of it. floating in the night, and in a week or so. according…

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Riding Unicycles in a Cave

"If you fall down and break your leg, there's no way out."

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Carrot: A Pitch-Perfect Satire of Tech

"It's not just a vegetable. It's what a vegetable should be."

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An Ingenious 360-Degree Time-Lapse

Watch the world become a cartoonishly small playground

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The Benefits of Living Alone on a Mountain

"You really have to love solitary time by yourself."

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The Rise of the Cat Tattoo

How a Brooklyn tattoo artist popularized the "cattoo"

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