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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,[…]

A musician of sorts.

Billy Collins: Well, I think I’d like to sit down with Eric Clapton and just ask him to show me how to play the guitar or (laughter)  I think I’d probably like to sit down with a musician.  Maybe a piano player – a jazz piano player – and just talk about how the piano is played.  Just to get . . . to get inside something like that.  Because I’d much rather be a musician than a writer.  That’s the dream I never . . . I never worked on hard enough.  Someone like that.  I’m not sure.  It wouldn’t be Joan of Arc or all these dead people.  That’s not part of the question.