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Part XXVI in an ongoing series introducing serious writers of DUP to the most well-known poets, both classical and modern. William James Collins
, known as Billy Collins
, ( born March 22, 1941 ) is an American poet, appointed as Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003. In 2016, Collins retired from his position as a Distinguished Professor at Lehman College of the City University of New York after teaching there almost 50 years. Collins is the Senior Distinguished Fellow of the Winter Park Institute at Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida. Collins was considered as a Literary Lion of the New York Public Library (1992) and selected as the New York State Poet for 2004 through 2006. As of 2018, he is a teacher in the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton.
Collins, known for his sense of humor, is also the inventor of the Paradelle - which began as a hoax, but eventually became a fun ( and very challenging ) form to complete. The inherent challenge became composing a paradelle that resulted in a comprehensible outcome. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradelle
For more information regarding Collins, please visit the Poetry Foundation: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/billy-collins Guidelines Write a New Poem honoring Collins inspired by one of his poems.
We feel listing particular poems may be constricting, and want you to follow the inspiration wherever it leads. You are allowed a maximum of 2 entries. Do your best to make us feel as though we are reading poems by Collins.
The more we feel you "capturing his essence" in "your own words" , the higher you will score. This will involve choice of wording, delivery, subject material, formatting, target audience - a wide range of factors. The Rules
1. Up to two entries per DUP persona.
2. No erotica; this is open to all ages and can't be viewed with an ECW ( Extreme Content Warning ).
3. No exact word limit; however, attempt to keep it no more than 250 - 300.
4. Any form is acceptable ( but studying the poet is advised ).
5. Webmiss will be creating #BillyCollins in the theme list. The page will automatically generate as soon as eight entrants hashtag the theme. In the interim, #hashtag #BillyCollins in your notes as well.
6. In your poem's notes, provide a link and a title to the very poem by Collins that inspired yours.
Without such, we have no way of determining if you were truly inspired by Collins or simply swapped fresh words into his existing poetry ( which is a form of plagiarism ). ***We are no longer accepting entries inspired by multiple poems ***
We feel that such resulted in weaker entries. Also, it became time consuming when researching as many as four poems per entry during analysis. LASTLY**** ALL NON-ELIGIBLE ENTRIES WILL BE REMOVED. This is not a competition to deliberately ignore guidelines so as to advertise your work.
Comp will be judged by Ahavati & JohnnyBlaze. As in the past and in the event there is a tie, we will call in third ( and possibly fourth ) judge.
You have one month; best of luck to all entrants!