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Billy Collins

Billy Collins

“I ask them to take a poem and hold it up to the light like a color slide or press an ear against its hive.” Introduction to Poetry 1996
“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” Sailing Alone Around the Room 2001
“The trouble with poetry is that it encourages the writing of more poetry.” Sailing Alone Around the Room 2001
“The name of the author is the first to go followed obediently by the title, the plot, the heartbreaking conclusion, the entire novel which suddenly becomes one you have never read, never even heard of.” Forgetfulness 2003
“You are the bread and the knife, the crystal goblet and the wine.” Picnic, Lightning 1998