Forgetfulness. The name of the author is the first to go followed obediently by the title, the plot, the heartbreaking conclusion, the entire novel which suddenly. Forgetfulness by Billy name of the author is the first to go followed obediently by the title the plot the heartbreaking conclusion the entire novel. US Poet Laureate Billy Collins reads his poem “Forgetfulness” with animation by Julian Grey of Headgear. This animated video poetry is.

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Forgetfulness by Billy Collins – Poems | Academy of American Poets

He is the author of several books of poetry, including Aimless Love: Poems Random House, ; Ballistics: A recording of Collins reading thirty-three of his poems, The Best Cigarettewas released in His work has been featured in the Pushcart Prize anthology and has been chosen several times forgetfulbess the annual Best American Poetry series.

Collins has edited Poetry A Turning Back to Poetry Random House,an anthology of contemporary poems for use in schools and was a guest editor for the edition of The Best American Poetry. About Collins, the poet Stephen Dunn has said, “We seem to always know where we are in a Billy Collins poem, but not necessarily where he is going.


I love to arrive with him at his arrivals.

He doesn’t hide things from us, as I think lesser poets do. He allows us to overhear, clearly, what he himself has discovered. Collins served as U. He lives in Somers, New York. Used by permission of the University of Pittsburgh Press. Leave this field blank.

Forgetfulness Billy Collins The name of the author is the first to go followed obediently by the title, the plot, the heartbreaking conclusion, the entire novel which suddenly becomes one you have never read, never even heard of, as if, one by one, the memories you used to harbor decided to retire to the southern hemisphere of the brain, to a little fishing village where there are no phones.

Long ago you kissed the names of the nine Muses goodbye and watched the quadratic equation pack its bag, and nilly now as you memorize the order of the planets, something else is slipping away, a state flower perhaps, the address of an uncle, the capital of Paraguay.

Analysis of Poem Forgetfulness by Billy Collins

Whatever it is you forgefulness struggling to remember it is not poised on the tip of your tongue, not even lurking in some obscure corner of your spleen. It has floated away down a dark mythological river whose name forgetfulnesw with an L as far as you can recall, well on your own way to oblivion where you will join those who have even forgotten how to swim and how to ride a bicycle.


No wonder you rise in the middle of the night to look up the date of a famous battle in a book on war.

No wonder the moon in the window seems to have drifted out of a love poem that you used to know by heart. All I do these drawn-out days is sit in my kitchen at Pheasant Ridge where there are no pheasants to be seen and last time I looked, no ridge. I could drive over to Quail Falls and spend the day there playing bridge, but the lack of a falls and the absence of quail.

Fishing on the Susquehanna in I have never been fishing on the Susquehanna or on any river for that matter to be perfectly honest.

Not in July or any month have I had the pleasure—if it is a pleasure— of fishing on the Susquehanna. I am more likely to be found nilly a quiet room like this one— a painting of a woman on the wall, a bowl of. Academy of American Poets Educator Newsletter.

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