Billy Collins

Billy Collins is the former United States Poet Laureate; author of Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems, Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry, and many other books.

Poetry / Issue IV

Avoidance

by Billy Collins

illustrator Florence Manlik

When I spotted him on the street
walking ahead of me with that same woman,
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Poetry / Issue IV

Bedfellows

by Billy Collins

illustrator Florence Manlik

Nor can I picture Dolly Parton
in the same room with Fanny Brawne
though the names Dolly and Fanny
sound equally erotic to my cocked ear.
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