Billy Collins

(22 March 1941 - / New York City)

Poems of Billy Collins

1. Another Reason Why I Don't Keep A Gun In The House 1/13/2003
2. By A Swimming Pool Outside Syracusa 1/13/2003
3. Candle Hat 1/13/2003
4. Child Development 1/13/2003
5. Consolation 1/13/2003
6. Dear Reader 1/13/2003
7. Embrace 2/13/2007
8. Fishing On The Susquehanna In July 1/13/2003
9. Flames 1/13/2003
10. For Bartleby The Scrivener 1/13/2003
11. Forgetfulness 1/13/2003
12. I Ask You 1/13/2003
13. I Chop Some Parsley While Listening To Art Blakey's Version Of "Three Blind Mice" 1/13/2003
14. I Go Back To The House For A Book 1/13/2003
15. Introduction To Poetry 1/13/2003
16. Invention 1/13/2003
17. Japan 1/13/2003
18. Litany 1/13/2003
19. Madmen 1/13/2003
20. Man Listening To Disc 1/13/2003

Madmen

They say you can jinx a poem
if you talk about it before it is done.
If you let it out too early, they warn,
your poem will fly away,
and this time they are absolutely right.

Take the night I mentioned to you
I wanted to write about the madmen,
as the newspapers so blithely call them,

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