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Billy Collins is the author of ten collections of poetry, including Horoscopes for the Dead, Ballistics, The Trouble with Poetry, Nine Horses, Sailing Alone Around the Room, Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, and Picnic, Lightning. He is also the editor of Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry, 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day, and Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds. A Distinguished Professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York, and Senior Distinguished Fellow at the Winter Park Institute of Rollins College, he was Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003 and Poet Laureate of New York State from 2004 to 2006.

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180 More
Extraordinary Poems for Every Day
Edited by Billy Collins


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 29, 2005
Price: $15.95

Inspired by Billy Collins’s poem-a-day program for American high schools that he began through the Library of Congress, the original Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry was a gathering of clear, contemporary poems aimed at a wide audience. In 180 More, Collins continues his ambitious mission of exposing readers of... Read more >

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Aimless Love
New and Selected Poems
Written by Billy Collins


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 21, 2014
Price: $16.00

From the two-term Poet Laureate of the United States Billy Collins comes his first volume of new and selected poems in twelve years. Aimless Love combines fifty new poems with generous selections from his four most recent books—Nine Horses, The Trouble with Poetry, Ballistics, and Horoscopes for the Dead. Collins’s unmistakable voice, which brings together plain... Read more >

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Aimless Love
New and Selected Poems
Written by Billy Collins


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: October 22, 2013
Price: $26.00

“Billy Collins puts the ‘fun’ back in ‘profundity.’ ”—Alice Fulton

From the two-term Poet Laureate of the United States Billy Collins comes his first compilation of new and selected poems in twelve years. Aimless Love combines more than fifty new poems with selections from four previous books—Nine Horses, The Trouble with Poetry... Read more >

Aimless Love
New and Selected Poems
Written by Billy Collins


Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: October 22, 2013
Price: $11.99

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Ballistics
Poems
Written by Billy Collins


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 16, 2010
Price: $15.00

A Billy Collins poem is instantly recognizable. “Using simple, understandable language,” notes USA TODAY, the two-term U.S. Poet Laureate “captures ordinary life—its pleasure, its discontents, its moments of sadness and of joy.” His everyman approach to writing resonates with readers everywhere and generates fans who would otherwise never give a poem... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Ballistics
Poems
Written by Billy Collins


Format: eBook
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: August 10, 2011
Price: $13.99

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Horoscopes for the Dead
Poems
Written by Billy Collins


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 20, 2012
Price: $16.00

WINNER—BEST POETRY—GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
NEWSWEEK/THE DAILY BEAST

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

Billy Collins is widely acknowledged as a prominent player at the table of modern American poetry. And in this smart, lyrical, and mischievous collection of poetry, which covers the everlasting themes of love and loss... Read more >
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Horoscopes for the Dead
Poems
Written by Billy Collins


Format: eBook
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: April 26, 2011
Price: $13.99

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Nine Horses
Poems
Written by Billy Collins


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $16.00

Nine Horses is yet another brilliant curve in the phenomenal trajectory of this poet’s career. Already in his forties when he debuted with a full-length book, The Apple That Astonished Paris, Collins has become the first poet since Robert Frost to combine high critical acclaim with broad popular appeal. And, as... Read more >
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Nine Horses
Poems
Written by Billy Collins


Format: eBook
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: August 10, 2011
Price: $13.99

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Poetry 180
A Turning Back to Poetry
Edited by Billy Collins
Introduction by Billy Collins


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 25, 2003
Price: $16.00

Selected for Vermont Reads 2013


A 180-degree turn implies a turning back—in this case, to poetry. A collection of 180 poems by the most exciting poets at work today, Poetry 180 represents the richness and diversity of the form, and is designed to appeal to students with a selection of poems that... Read more >

Sailing Alone Around the Room
New and Selected Poems
Written by Billy Collins


Format: eBook, 192 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: August 10, 2011
Price: $11.99

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Sailing Alone Around the Room
New and Selected Poems
Written by Billy Collins


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 17, 2002
Price: $16.00

Selected for Freshman Reading at Roger Williams University

Sailing Alone Around the Room
, by America’s Poet Laureate, Billy Collins, contains both new poems and a generous gathering from his earlier collections The Apple That Astonished Paris, Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, and Picnic, Lightning. These poems show Collins at his... Read more >
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The Trouble with Poetry
And Other Poems
Written by Billy Collins


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 13, 2007
Price: $15.00

Playfulness, spare elegance, and wit epitomize the poetry of Billy Collins. With his distinct voice and accessible language, America’s two-term Poet Laureate has opened the door to poetry for countless people for whom it might otherwise remain closed.

Like the present book’s title, Collins’s poems are filled with mischief, humor, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Trouble with Poetry
And Other Poems
Written by Billy Collins


Format: Hardcover, 112 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: October 18, 2005
Price: $22.95

Playfulness, spare elegance, and wit epitomize the poetry of Billy Collins. With his distinct voice and accessible language, America’s two-term Poet Laureate has opened the door to poetry for countless people for whom it might otherwise remain closed.

Like the present book’s title, Collins’s poems are filled with mischief, humor, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

The Trouble with Poetry
And Other Poems
Written by Billy Collins


Format: eBook, 112 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: August 10, 2011
Price: $11.99

Read more >
Also available as a hardcover and a trade paperback.

The Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson

Written by Emily Dickinson
Introduction by Billy Collins


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 22, 2012
Price: $9.99

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The Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson

Written by Emily Dickinson
Introduction by Billy Collins


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 14, 2000
Price: $12.00

Emily Dickinson lived as a recluse in Amherst, Massachusetts, dedicating herself to writing a "letter to the world"--the 1,775 poems left unpublished at her death in 1886. Today, Dickinson stands in the front rank of American poets. This enthralling collection includes more than four hundred poems that were published between Dickinson's... Read more >
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