Billy Collins

(22 March 1941 - / New York City)

Billy Collins Poems

1. Forgetfulness 1/13/2003
2. Introduction To Poetry 1/13/2003
3. Another Reason Why I Don't Keep A Gun In The House 1/13/2003
4. On Turning Ten 1/13/2003
5. Litany 1/13/2003
6. Flames 1/13/2003
7. I Ask You 1/13/2003
8. Child Development 1/13/2003
9. Taking Off Emily Dickinson's Clothes 1/7/2004
10. Japan 1/13/2003
11. Embrace 2/13/2007
12. I Chop Some Parsley While Listening To Art Blakey's Version Of "Three Blind Mice" 1/13/2003
13. Shoveling Snow With Buddha 1/13/2003
14. By A Swimming Pool Outside Syracusa 1/13/2003
15. I Go Back To The House For A Book 1/13/2003
16. Candle Hat 1/13/2003
17. Marginalia 1/13/2003
18. Madmen 1/13/2003
19. Invention 1/13/2003
20. Snow Day 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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