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A Brief Introduction to Billy Collins
Billy Collins is an American poet who has managed to do something few poets can achieve—combine high critical acclaim with broad popular appeal. His work has appeared in a variety of literary magazines, including The New Yorker, the Paris Review, and the American Scholar, and three of his poetry collections have broken sales records for poetry. A few of his poetry collections include Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, Sailing Alone Around the Room: New & Selected Poems, Nine Horses, The Trouble With Poetry and Other Poems, Ballistics, Horoscopes for the Dead, She Was Just Seventeen (a collection of haikus), and Picnic, Lightning. He served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 until 2003, and as the Poet Laureate of New York State from 2004 to 2006.