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One of the most popular living poets in the United States, Billy Collins was born in New York City in 1941. Collins is the author of nine books of poetry,[…]

Billy Collins reads his poem, “Constellations.”

Billy Collins: “Yes that’s Orion over there, the three studs of the belt clearly lined up just off the horizon.  And if you turn around you can see Gemini very visible tonight, the twins looking off into space as usual.  That cluster a little higher in the sky is Cassiopeia sitting in her astral chair if I’m not mistaken.  And directly overhead, isn’t that Virginia Wolfe slipping along the river ooze in her inflatable canoe?  See the wide-brimmed hat?  And there!  The outline of the paddle raised and dripping stars.”