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Poetry 180: A Project by Billy Collins

List of Poems and Authors

1 Introduction to Poetry Billy Collins
2 The Good Life Tracy K. Smith
3 Abecedarian Requiring Further Examination of Anglikan Seraphym Subjugation of a Wild Indian Rezervation Natalie Diaz
4 Question May Swenson
5 Thanks Yusef Komunyakaa
6 How Bright It Is Brian Turner
7 Do You Have Any Advice For Those of Us Just Starting Out? Ron Koertge
8 Numbers Mary Cornish
9 The Cord Leanne O’Sullivan
10 At the Un-National Monument Along the Canadian Border William Stafford
11 Girls, Look Out for Todd Bernstein Jason Bredle
12 The Bat Theodore Roethke
13 Did I Miss Anything Tom Wayman
14 Neglect R. T. Smith
15 The Poet Tom Wayman
16 Radio Laurel Blossom
17 Bad Day Kay Ryan
18 The Farewell Edward Field
19 The Partial Explanation Charles Simic
20 Dorie Off To Atlanta Mark Halliday
21 Wheels Jim Daniels
22 Remora, Remora Thomas Lux
23 Tour Carol Snow
24 After Us Connie Wanek
25 Domestic Work, 1937 Natasha Trethewey
26 Before She Died Karen Chase
27 Poetry Don Paterson
28 American Cheese Jim Daniels
29 Advice from the Experts Bill Knott
30 One Morning Eamon Grennan
31 Walking Home Marie Howe
32 Publication Date Franz Wright
33 The Meadow Kate Knapp Johnson
34 The Summer I Was Sixteen Geraldine Connolly
35 Hand Shadows Mary Cornish
36 El Florida Room Richard Blanco
37 She Didn't Mean to Do It Daisy Fried
38 Cartoon Physics, part 1 Nick Flynn
39 Snow David Berman
40 Driving to Town Late to Mail a Letter Robert Bly
41 Halloween Mac Hammond
42 The Poetry of Bad Weather Debora Greger
43 The Green One Over There Katia Kapovich
44 A Man I Knew Margaret Levine
45 Nights Kevin Hart
46 Grammar Tony Hoagland
47 Fault Ron Koertge
48 Thanks For Remembering Us Dana Gioia
49 Because You Left Me a Handful of Daffodils Max Garland
50 Otherwise Jane Kenyon
51 A Little Girl Tugs at the Tablecloth Wisława Szymborska
52 Love Poem With Toast Miller Williams
53 The Blue Bowl Jane Kenyon
54 Song Eamon Grennan
55 Biscuit Jane Kenyon
56 Red Wing Joseph Millar
57 White-Eyes Mary Oliver
58 To Help the Monkey Cross the River, Thomas Lux
59 Lesson Forrest Hamer
60 Football Louis Jenkins
61 Sister Cat Frances Mayes
62 The Bagel David Ignatow
63 What I Would Do Marc Petersen
64 For My Daughter David Ignatow
65 I've Been Known Denise Duhamel
66 The Moon Robert Bly
67 Eddie Priest’s Barbershop & Notary Kevin Young
68 Bringing My Son to the Police Station to be Fingerprinted Shoshauna Shy
69 The Space Heater Sharon Olds
70 Sentimental Moment or Why Did the Baguette Cross the Road? Robert Hershon
71 Smoking Elton Glaser
72 Gratitude to Old Teachers Robert Bly
73 Love Song Carol Muske-Dukes
74 The Revolt of the Turtles Stephen Dunn
75 To a Daughter Leaving Home Linda Pastan
76 June 11 David Lehman
77 A Birthday Candle Donald Justice
78 Doing Without David Ray
79 Birthday Stanley Plumly
80 Reckless Poem Mary Oliver
81 After Years Ted Kooser
82 Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper Martín Espada
83 Turtle Kay Ryan
84 Knowledge Philip Memmer
85 Fight Laurel Blossom
86 Sure Arlene Tribbia
87 The Distances Henry W. Rago
88 How To Tell Your Mother There Will Be No Grandkids In Her Future Ira Sukrungruang
89 Sidekicks Ron Koertge
90 A New Poet Linda Pastan
91 Timely Enumerations Concerning Sri Lanka Oliver Rice
92 Birth Day Elise Paschen
93 Do You Love Me? Robert Wrigley
94 Slumnight Colette Inez
95 The Halls Mark Halliday
96 Second Estrangement Aracelis Girmay
97 The Hymn of a Fat Woman Joyce Huff
98 My Father's Hats Mark Irwin
99 Exotic Treats Laura McKee
100 Loud Music Stephen Dobyns
101 Some Clouds Steve Kowit
102 When Death Comes Mary Oliver
103 Decades Gerald Stern
104 To Stammering Kenneth Koch
105 Today Frank O'Hara
106 The Grammar Lesson Steve Kowit
107 Blind Charles Webb
108 In the Well Andrew Hudgins
109 Fast Break Edward Hirsch
110 On a Cape May Warbler Who Flew Against My Window Eamon Grennan
111 The Kitchen Shears Speak Christianne Balk
112 Slow Children at Play Cecilia Woloch
113 Lift Your Right Arm Peter Cherches
114 Machines Michael Donaghy
115 The Death of Santa Claus Charles Harper Webb
116 Cat Scat Eamon Grennan
117 Ladies and Gentlemen in Outer Space Ron Padgett
118 Notice Steve Kowit
119 The Courtesy of the Blind Wisława Szymborska
120 The Swan at Edgewater Park Ruth L. Schwartz
121 The Hand Mary Ruefle
122 Soccer Moms Paul Muldoon
123 Coffee in the Afternoon Alberto Ríos
124 Morning Mary Oliver
125 Animals Miller Williams
126 God Says Yes To Me Kaylin Haught
127 Hate Poem Julie Sheehan
128 An Apology F.J. Bergmann
129 Bedecked Victoria Redel
130 A Toast to the Baltimore Oriole Don McKay
131 I Ask My Mother to Sing Li-Young Lee
132 Leaving the Island Linda Pastan
133 The Summer Day Mary Oliver
134 Ode to Dirt Sharon Olds
135 Video Blues Mary Jo Salter
136 We Lived Happily During the War Ilya Kaminsky
137 Morning Swim Maxine Kumin
138 This Moment Eavan Boland
139 How Many Times Marie Howe
140 The Dead Susan Mitchell
141 The End and the Beginning Wislawa Szymborska
142 Tinnitus Robert Wrigley
143 The secretary chant Marge Piercy
144 Family Photo Around Xmas Tree Thomas Lux
145 Proof of Life Tony Hoagland
146 Blue Willow Jody Gladding
147 Tuesday 9:00 AM Denver Butson
148 Happiness Jane Kenyon
149 Dress Rehearsal Brandon Kreitler
150 96 Vandam Gerald Stern
151 My Moral Life Mark Halliday
152 It Took All My Energy Tony Wallace
153 Once upon a Time There Was a Man Mac Hammond
154 Aunties Kevin Young
155 A Walk in Kensington Gardens Dorothy Porter
156 Dandelion Julie Lechevsky
157 Ox Cart Man Donald Hall
158 Forgotten Planet Doug Dorph
159 Loyal William Matthews
160 Something James Valvis
161 Gone Eamon Grennan
162 Herd Of Buffalo Crossing The Missouri On Ice William Matthews
163 Mentor Timothy Murphy
164 Unconditional Day Julie Lechevsky
165 The Rider Naomi Shihab Nye
166 Kyrie Tomas Transtromer
167 The Last Wolf Mary TallMountain
168 Gee, You're So Beautiful That It's Starting to Rain Richard Brautigan
169 Shakespearean Sonnet R. S. Gwynn
170 Summer in a Small Town Linda Gregg
171 Entrance Dana Gioia
172 How to Listen Major Jackson
173 Immortality Lisel Mueller
174 Our Other Sister Jeffrey Harrison
175 Gretel Andrea Hollander
176 How to Change a Frog Into a Prince Anna Denise
177 Eagle Plain Robert Francis
178 End of April Phillis Levin
179 Bike Ride with Older Boys Laura Kasischke
180 Break Dorianne Laux



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