The other day I was ricocheting slowly off the blue walls of this room, moving as if underwater from typewriter to piano, from bookshelf to an envelope lying on the floor, when I found myself in the L section of the dictionary where my eyes fell upon the word lanyard. No cookie nibbled by a French novelist could send one into the past more suddenly- a past where I sat at a workbench at a camp by a deep Adirondack lake learning how to braid long thin plastic strips into a lanyard, a gift for my mother. I had never seen anyone use a lanyard or wear one, if that's what you did with them, but that did not keep me from crossing strand over strand again and again until I had made a boxy red and white lanyard for my mother. She gave me life and milk from her breasts, and I gave her a lanyard.
See Article History Alternative Title: Collins grew up mainly in QueensNew York. He wrote his first poem at age 12 and later joined his high-school literary magazine.
In Collins received a B.
During the s he wrote a number of short counterculture-inspired poems for Rolling Stone magazine and, through a small press, published his first book of poetry, Pokerface Though in the s Collins produced another two collections, his work by and large remained unrecognized untilwhen his manuscript for Questions About Angels was selected for the National Poetry Series, a program that sponsors the publication of deserving books of poetry.
The Art of Drowningwhich won critical notice for its wry imagery and lucid intelligence, contributed to his growing reputation.
In Collins found himself in the middle of a high-profile dispute between Random House, through which he had planned to publish a collection that included some older poems, and the University of Pittsburgh Press, which had issued his previous two volumes and maintained that the new book would cut into their still-robust sales.
Although Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems was consequently not published until two years later, it was met with considerable acclaim. Though some commentators charged that his focus on the quotidian resulted in poems that were blandly pedestrian, his work was generally held in high esteem by critics and readers alike.
In Collins was named poet laureate consultant in poetry to the Library of Congressa post he held for two years. In that capacity he devised and promoted an initiative called Poetryintended to help high-school students connect with and find pleasure in poetry. He also edited the accompanying anthologies Poetry A Turning Back to Poetry and More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day American poet laureate Billy Collins discussing and reading his work, from the documentary Billy Collins: On the Road with the Poet Laureate Nostalgia By Billy Collins Remember the s?
We were doing a dance called the Catapult. You always wore brown, the color craze of the decade, and I was draped in one of those capes that were popular, the ones with unicorns and pomegranates in needlework.
May 11, · The Lanyard - Billy Collins The other day I was ricocheting slowly off the blue walls of this room, moving as if underwater from typewriter to piano, from bookshelf to an envelope lying on the floor, when I found myself in the L section of the dictionary where my eyes fell upon the word lanyard.
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Jun 22, · Billy Collins takes a different and metaphorical perception of where thoughts go once swallowed up by the depths of the mind’s oblivion in his poem, “Forgetfulness”. To him, a forgotten thought isn’t on the tip of your tongue, it’s long gone, “floating away down a dark mythological river.”.
Billy Collins is probably my favorite living poet for several reasons. He never fails to help me see whatever he’s talking about in a new way. He regularly makes me feel like poetry is accessible by making his poetry accessible. Aug 25, · nostalgia, a poem by Billy Collins, Poet Laureate of the United States () and winner of the Mark Twain Award for Humor in Poetry () -=- Our Daily Challenge: begins with N -=- the geek behind the curtain: one candid shot from this afternoon.
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