Billy Collins

Billy Collins

Billy Collins has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. A professor of English at Lehman College, he was appointed Poet Laureate of the United States for 2001-2003. He lives with his wife in Westchester County, NY.


Eight Poems for Spring

Eight Poems for Spring

From Shakespeare to Wordsworth, poets have always been drawn to this most hopeful of seasons. 

Perfect wedding readings - poems to suit any couple

Perfect wedding readings - poems to suit any couple

Our pick of the most beautiful, moving and original verses ever written about love and marriage, from the romantic to the unusual and the traditional to the contemporary, there's something for every couple.

'Monday' by Billy Collins

'Monday' by Billy Collins

Happy World Poetry Day! In celebration here's a bonus Friday Poem about poetry from one of the planet's most popular living poets, Billy Collins. 

Friday poem: 'Aimless Love'

by Billy Collins

This morning as I walked along the lakeshore, 
I fell in love with a wren 
and later in the day with a mouse 
the cat had dropped under the dining room table.

Friday poem: 'Reader' by Billy Collins

Looker, gazer, skimmer, skipper,
thumb-licking page turner, peruser,
you getting your print-fix for the day,
pencil-chewer, note taker, marginalianist