Billy Collins - The Lanyard





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Published on May 29, 2008

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Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins reads his poem, "The Lanyard."


Poet Billy Collins is a unique literary figure - a widely read contemporary poet. The former US Poet Laureate and New York State Poet has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation, though his most dramatic honors come from a wide and appreciative readership. Collins's poetry collections, including The Trouble With Poetry and Other Poems, Nine Horses, Sailing Alone Around the Room, and Picnic, Lightening, have broken records for poetry sales. His writing is marked by inventiveness beyond traditional poetry forms with ironic twists and lyrical turns of phrase that resonate powerfully. An advocate for integrating poetry into everyday life, Collins compiled the anthologies Poetry 180 and 180 More with poems for every day of a typical school year. Billy Collins has been a professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York since 1968 - City Arts & Lectures

Billy Collins is the author of several books of poetry and two anthologies of contemporary poetry, including The Trouble with Poetry: And Other Poems; The Arts of Drowning, which was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall prize; and Questions About Angels, which won the National Poetry Series in 1990. He is also a distinguished professor of English at Lehman College (CUNY). Collins served as US Poet Laureate (2001-2003) and as New York State Poet Laureate (2004-2006). Collins' poetry has appeared in The American Poetry Review, Harper's, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic, among many other journals and periodicals. He has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He has won several awards and prizes.

Comments • 57

One of my favorite poems.  Thank you, Mr. Collins.
Mc Kitty
1v1 poem me irl imma wrk u i got 2 much fedora sweg than u. get wrked
Danielle Palazzolo
Okay that was fucking fantastic
Chris Robideaux
The Poet Laureates of America in the Dumbed-Down Age: Keeping America soaked in banal, populist pabulum while the true visionaries starve in marginalized obscurity.
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Why are these assholes laughing? It's not meant to be a joke.
Mikey Bettencourt
I LOVE this poem, but I think I owe my mom a lanyard now...
Uuih In jinn
I've been recommended this guy by a friend, He's a good writer from what I gather so far. Enjoyed this poem. Funny and in places pretty touching.
Etta Abrahams
Thank you, Jonas, for giving me this Mother's Day poem. I love you.
Fencer Dave
So, I work as the First-Year Camper director at a Boy Scout Camp. I confess that I am responsible for the creation of several hundred lanyards per year. And I still don't really know what they're for.
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