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Billy Collins

Billy Collins, the US Poet Laureate from 2001 to 2003, is the author of many collections of poetry, including Questions About Angels (Pittsburg, 1999) and Aimless Love (Random House, 2013). His many honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation and the Poetry Foundation’s Mark Twain Award for Humor in Poetry.



Winter 2006 | Poetry

The first one to rise on a Sunday morning,
I enter the white bathroom
trying not to think of Christ or Wallace Stevens.

The Summer Houses

Winter 2006 | Poetry

All winter long they are occupied only by their vacancy.
The paintings look out from the white walls.
The wicker beds and the wicker chairs are not taken.