An Introdution To A Poet: Billy Collins

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An Introduction to a Poet: Billy Collins
Billy Collins is one of the most credited poets of this century and last. He is a man of many talents, most recognized though by his provocative and riveting poetry. As John McEnroe was to the sport of tennis, Billy Collins has done the same for the world of poetry. Collin’s rejected the old ways of poetry, created his own form, broke all the rules, and still retains the love and respect of the poet community. Collins has received the title of Poet Laureate of the United States twice and also has received countless awards and acknowledgements. He has achieved this through a style of poetry that is not over-interpreted and hard to understand to most, but that of the complete opposite, his poetry is hospitable and playful.
Many of Billy Collin’s poems concern the act of writing, be it a response to someone else’s work or a discussion of the poems themselves. His poetry is less threatening to the non poet community because his poetry is more transparent than others. His poems don’t usually have a deep underlying meaning that needs to be dwelled upon to understand, but rather simplified thought that can be understood by just reading it once. Collin’s poem After Reading Some Tales of the Hindu Gods is a prime example of this:
After Reading Some Tales of the Hindu Gods
“She looked into his mouth and saw the whole universe displayed therein beyond his oral threshold. --Bhagavata Purana
Usually, when I would lock my elbows
on the bathroom sink
and open my mouth wide in front of the mirror,
I would see teeth and a quivering tongue
and that little glistening punching bag
that hangs from the roof of the mouth.
But now, I look past all that,
past the factory of mastication
into the darkness of the throat
where you can see universes created
and destroyed, world spinning in and out of being,
a cosmos blossoming then closing its petals.
I never understood why anyone
would want to be a dentist until today,
but back in bed, reading the book of the ceiling,
I still do not understand why anyone
would choose to be a podiatrist
or work in a brightly lit store that sells mattresses.
The poem is Collin’s response to a story that he had read, it simply explains that he understands Bhagavata Purana’s perspective on the mouth being a universe. Once Collin’s looks back past all of the mastication in his mouth, he sees the universe mentioned in Parana’s excerpt, the darkness of his own throat. The darkness is seen as potential creation, but also destruction. Collin’s playfulness shines through this poem especially. Once he knows the wonders of the mouth, he finds a new curiosity in dental work, but still doesn’t have a clue why Podiatrist like to work with feet, or why anybody would want to sell mattresses. His condescending views on both professions tell the reader that he doesn’t like to over interpret anything in his poetry.
The element of humor and playfulness Collins’ adds to his poetry helps diminish...

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