From My Window

My Office Window June 2006
Billy Collins says this about the difference between poets and novelists: a poet looks out her own window and writes about what she sees. A novelist looks in other people's windows and writes about what she sees.

From here, I can do both.

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8 thoughts on “From My Window

  1. Edwinek — Whatever you’re looking at from your window, it’s certainly inspiring you. I just stayed up past my bedtime reading the many funny, wonderful posts and pictures on your blog. Thanks for coming by, BL

  2. Further, prose writers may look in other windows and write about what they see, but mystery writers jiggle the window locks and backdoor knobs, looking to get inside and see what’s in the cabinets, closets, and drawers.

  3. I’m trying to track down the source of this Billy Collins quote for a piece I’m working on. Can you tell me where you found it? Thanks!

  4. Dear Collins Curious,

    This is something he said at a reading in San Francisco a couple of years ago. It’s possible there’s a poem that contains this same thought, but I can’t think of what poem that might be. Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful, and good luck on your Collins piece.

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