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Billy Collins

Born: 1941
Birthplace: New York City

Collins was appointed Poet Laureate of the United States in 2001. His accessible poems, often about ordinary people and situations, have made him one of the country's most popular poets. Collins uses a sly, ironic wit to convey subtle messages. His collections include The Apple That Astonished Paris (1988), The Art of Drowning (1995), and Picnic, Lightning (1998).

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