Billy Collins

New York City

Billy Collins was born in New York City. Also according to the New York times he is the most Popular poet. He also writes a lot of books like Nine Horses, The Art of Drowning. He has also been featured in a lot of anthologies and has been chosen for The Best American Poet.

He wrote a lot of books and poems. It says that he has about thirty-three poems. He served as U.S. Poet Laureate from 2001 to 2003. Also as the New York State Poet Laureate from 2004 to 2006.

The First Night

Before I opened you, Jiménez, it never occurred to me that day and night would continue to circle each other in the ring of death,

but now you have me wondering if there will also be a sun and a moon and will the dead gather to watch them rise and set

then repair, each soul alone, to some ghastly equivalent of a bed. Or will the first night be the only night,

a darkness for which we have no other name? How feeble our vocabulary in the face of death, How impossible to write it down.

This is where language will stop, the horse we have ridden all our lives rearing up at the edge of a dizzying cliff.

The word that was in the beginning and the word that was made flesh— those and all the other words will cease.

Even now, reading you on this trellised porch, how can I describe a sun that will shine after death? But it is enough to frighten me

into paying more attention to the world’s day-moon, to sunlight bright on water or fragmented in a grove of trees,

and to look more closely here at these small leaves, these sentinel thorns, whose employment it is to guard the rose.

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