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      Billy Collins is a poet and writer that has had an enormous impact on the world of poetry. He grew up in Queens, New York with his parents who were both teachers and was a graduate student at Columbia University where he received his MFA. His first book, The Trouble With Poetry, was published in 1975 by Random House. It received great reviews from critics and poets like W.D. Snodgrass when it came out but didn’t sell well.

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      Summary

      About Billy Collins

      birth of the author

      Born:
      March 22, 1941

      occupation of the author

      Occupation:
      Professor, Poet, Book Author, Anthologist

      education of the author

      Education:
      College Of The Holy Cross

      award of the author

      Notable Works:
      The Apple That Astonished Paris, Questions About Angels, The Art Of Drowning

      award of the author

      Notable Awards:
      United States Poet Laureate

      BILLY COLLINS QUOTES ON LIFE

      It’s a good thing to get poetry off the shelves and more into public life. — Billy Collins

      Life is a loaded gun that looks right at you with a yellow eye. — Billy Collins

      Death is what makes life fun. — Billy Collins

      Cummings’ career as a writer–and a painter–was as wobbly as his love life. He tried his hand at playwriting, satirical essays, and even a dance scenario for Lincoln Kirsten. — Billy Collins

      it s a good thing to get poetry off the shelves and more into public life Billy Collins quote

      Vade Mecum I want the scissors to be sharp and the table perfectly level when you cut me out of my life and paste me in that book you always carry. — Billy Collins

      When I wrote I took on the role of the despondent and difficult to understand person. Whereas in life, I was easy to understand, to the point of being simple–minded maybe. — Billy Collins

      BILLY COLLINS QUOTES ON POET

      One of the ridiculous aspects of being a poet is the huge gulf between how seriously we take ourselves and how generally we are ignored by everybody else. — Billy Collins

      I knew that poets seemed to be miserable. — Billy Collins

      The literary world is so full of pretension, and there’s such an enormous gap between how seriously poets take themselves and how widely they’re ignored by everybody else. — Billy Collins

      i knew that poets seemed to be miserable Billy Collins quote

      The public is probably more suspicious of poets than women, and maybe for good reason. — Billy Collins

      While the novelist is banging on his typewriter, the poet is watching a fly in the windowpane. — Billy Collins

      Some difficulty is warranted and other difficulty I think is gratuitous. And I think I can tell the difference. There are certainly very difficult poets that I really enjoy reading. — Billy Collins

      I thought originally when I was in school and I wanted to be a poet, I knew that poets seemed to be miserable. — Billy Collins

      BILLY COLLINS QUOTES ABOUT TIME

      It was a wonderful time to be alive, or even dead. — Billy Collins

      it was a wonderful time to be alive or even dead Billy Collins quote

      All I wanted was to be a pea of being inside the green pod of time. — Billy Collins

      When you get a poem [in a public place], it happens to you so suddenly that you don’t have time to deploy your anti–poetry deflector shields that were installed in high school. — Billy Collins

      A lot of my poems either have historical sequences or other kinds of chronological grids where I’m locating myself in time. I like to feel oriented, and I like to orient the reader at the beginning of a poem. — Billy Collins

      And I should mention the light which falls through the big windows this time of day italicizing everything it touches. — Billy Collins

      Emily Dickinson seems rather tame because she pretty much uses the same meter every time. It’s called ‘common meter.’ It’s a line of four beats that’s followed by a line of three beats. — Billy Collins

      all i wanted was to be a pea of being inside the green pod of time Billy Collins quote

      Billy Taupe had crossed her, and he’d ended up dead. — Suzanne Collins

      BILLY COLLINS QUOTES ON POETRY

      I see woefully obscure poetry as simply a kind of verbal rudeness. — Billy Collins

      I think the pleasure of form is that you have a companion with you besides all the poetry you have ever read. — Billy Collins

      High School is the place where poetry goes to die. — Billy Collins

      When I became poet laureate, I was in a slightly uncomfortable position because I think a lot of poetry isn’t worth reading. — Billy Collins

      i see woefully obscure poetry as simply a kind of verbal rudeness Billy Collins quote

      Radio is such a perfect medium for the transmission of poetry, primarily because there just is the voice, there’s no visual distraction. — Billy Collins

      I think if a poet wanted to lead, he or she would want the message to be unequivocally clear and free of ambiguity. Whereas poetry is actually the home of ambiguity, ambivalence and uncertainty. — Billy Collins

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      The trouble with poetry is that it encourages the writing of more poetry… — Billy Collins

      In the long revolt against inherited forms that has by now become the narrative of 20th–century poetry in English, no poet was more flamboyant or more recognizable in his iconoclasm than Cummings. — Billy Collins

      People think of poetry as a school subject… Poetry is very frustrating to students because they don’t have a taste for ambiguity, for one thing. That gives them a poetry hangover. — Billy Collins

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      Inspiring Phrases From Billy Collins

      All they want to do is tie the poem to a chair with a rope and torture a confession out of it. They begin beating it with a hose to find out what it really means. — Billy Collins

      There’s a lot of unconscious activity that goes on I think in the composition of a poem. — Billy Collins

      The poets who have written the best poems about war seem to be the poets whose countries have experienced an invasion or vicious dictatorships. — Billy Collins

      To a poet, it’s quite ruinous to have a poem distorted, out of shape, or squeezed, shall we say, into this tiny screen. But I’m not sure big digital companies are sensitive to the needs of poets. — Billy Collins

      Form is any aspect of a poem that encourages it to stay whole and not drift off into chaos. — Billy Collins

      there s a lot of unconscious activity that goes on i think in the composition of a poem Billy Collins quote

      I’m a great believer in poetry out of the classroom, in public places, on subways, trains, on cocktail napkins. I’d rather have my poems on the subway than around the seminar table at an MFA program. — Billy Collins

      I think ‘accessible’ just means that the reader can walk into the poem without difficulty. The poem is not, as someone put it, deflective of entry. — Billy Collins

      Various Statements From Billy Collins

      I think it’s good not to make demands on the reader too early. But as the poem goes on, I want the journey of the poem to lead into some interesting places. — Billy Collins

      I was a pretty happy kid, I had to fake it. I had to get into this miserable character before I wrote poems. — Billy Collins

      Attempts to put my poems to music have had disastrous results in all cases. And the poem, if it’s written with the ear, already has been set to its own verbal music as it was composed. — Billy Collins

      i think my poems are slightly underrated by the word accessible Billy Collins quote

      Often people, when they’re confronted with a poem, it’s like someone who keep saying ‘what is the meaning of this? What is the meaning of this?’ And that dulls us to the other pleasures poetry offers. — Billy Collins

      When you put a book together and arrange it, there’s a lot of anxiety and turmoil about what order the poems should be in. — Billy Collins

      I see the progress typical in some of my poems as starting with something simple and moving into something more demanding. This is certainly the pattern of weird poetry. — Billy Collins

      I think my poems are slightly underrated by the word ‘accessible.’ — Billy Collins

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