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New! Billy Collins's papers sold   printer  

As the New York Times points out, Aiken Taylor Award recipient Billy Collins has sold his papers to the University of Texas. The announcement comes packaged with an anecdote illustrating the sometimes hilarious spontaneity of writing poetry.

"I remember one occasion when the lines of a poem occurred to me while I was walking around the city with no pen and nothing to write on. So I ducked into a bank and started writing the poem, standing up, on the backs of deposit slips. I used the bank pen that was attached to a desk with a chain, all of which made for a rather short poem. I tried to look very serious as if I were making a monster deposit.”

-Billy Collins