The Afterlife Summary
Billy Collins

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The Afterlife Summary

"The Afterlife" was first published in Poetry magazine and is included in Billy Collins's 1991 collection Questions about Angels, where it appears midway through the second section just before "The Dead." It also appears in Sailing Alone around the Room: New and Selected Poems (2001) and is on Collins's compact disc recording, The Best Cigarette (1997). The poem describes the speaker's fantasies of what would happen if everyone, when they died, experienced the afterlife they believed in...

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