Billy Collins is considered to be the master of English poetry of the modern world. Recognized with different names, sometimes as the U.S. Poet Laureate and sometimes as the Literary Lion, this virtuoso has won a series of awards such as fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation to name just a few (“Billy Collins”). His popular literary works include Ballistics (2008), The Trouble with Poetry (2005), New and Selected Poems (2001), etc. Billy’s masterpieces namely The Art of Drawing (1995) and Questions About Angels (1991) gave tough competition in the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize and the National Poetry Series respectively (“Billy Collins”).
The modern poet is also responsible for producing such exceptional pieces like She was Just Seventeen (2006), Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems (2001), Nine Horses (2002), Picnic Lightning (1998) and The Apple That Astonished Paris (1988), Video Poems (1980) and Pokerface (1977) (“Billy Collins”).
The Best Cigarette (1997) clubs together thirty-three poetries of Billy. Be it anthologies, periodicals or textbooks, the poet’s work got significant place everywhere particularly in Poetry, The New Yorker, American Poetry Review and Paris Review (“Billy Collins”). Selected umpteenth number of times for the Best American Poetry Series his talent has been highlighted in the Pushcart Prize anthology. His renowned editing works include Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry (2003) and The Best American Poetry (2006) (“Billy Collins”).
Billy Collins is undoubtedly a prodigy gifted to the modern poetry world. The popular poet Stephen Dunn has rightly considered him to be a poet who keeps transparency in his work enabling the readers to feel exactly what he himself experiences (“Billy Collins”).
“Billy Collins.” POETS.org. Academy of American Poets, n.d. Web. 27 Mar. 2012.