“You will find poetry in your salad fork, the lettuce, and the dressing, in your couch, your favorite sweater, possibly your closet and your dishwasher, certainly the garden and in all likelihood the garden hose.”


If you need a little poetry in your life—and who doesn’t?—Billy Collins can be a good place to start. Collins writes unblushingly to attract new readers to poetry and to encourage those who have given up to come back. And he is famously funny. So much so that, because he reads his poems so amusingly and his readings have been so successful and well-attended, he has been called—not always as a compliment—a “stand-up poet.”