Billy Collin's celebrates a birthday today. He is America's 11th poet laureate from 2001- 2003. He has an impressive resume winning numerous awards and honors of distinction throughout his career. He is a professor, author and poet. His most recent poem publication in 2011 is called Horoscopes of the Dead. Collin's poems cover a wide range of themes from love, loss, youth, aging and solitude. Perhaps some of the reasons why Collin's works are so successful is that he writes in a conversational tone. His poems are easy to read, meaningful, simple and not overloaded with metaphors and similes. I am posting a poem he wrote that I particularly liked because of the last few lines. I can relate to it since in grade school and high school dissecting poems used to be the teaching norm.
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