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 20012003. He lives with his wife in Westchester County, NY.
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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.
by Billy CollinsThis 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.
Looker, gazer, skimmer, skipper,
thumb-licking page turner, peruser,
you getting your print-fix for the day,
pencil-chewer, note taker, marginalianist