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…

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Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.

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What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.

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Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.

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Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

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Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

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The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

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