Introduction to Poetry
by Billy Collins
Introduction to Poetry Resources
Home to all things Billy.
An excellent biography and much more. These folks know what they're doing.
Billy's page on this site has a few more biographical tidbits, and even a few audio recordings.
Teachers, take note! Organized by Collins during his time as U.S. Poet Laureate, Poetry 180 helps teachers and students to incorporate poetry into the school day.
Someone alert Pixar. This short, animated film set to Billy Collins reading his poem, "Forgetfulness," has got serious game.
Same poet, different animator, very different poem.
Hear Billy read it himself, with some undeservedly tepid applause at the end. Come on, folks, show some enthusiasm.
Like what you heard in "Intro"? Then try this version of "The Teacher."
Collins giving a talk titled, "Dear Reader" at the Key West literary seminar—he's talking to you!
It's not an albino Bengal tiger or a blue whale, but it is a picture of something almost as rare… a rich poet.
Articles and Interviews
Billy answers some tough questions (and some easy ones, too).
Oh poetry. Must you make such mischief?
See "Introduction to Poetry" in the wild, a.k.a. in the book in which it was originally published.