Trouble with Poetry And Other Poems

ISBN-10: 0375755217
ISBN-13: 9780375755217
Edition: N/A
Authors: Billy Collins
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Description: Playfulness, spare elegance, and wit epitomize the poetry of Billy Collins." "With his distinct voice and accessible language, America's two-term Poet Laureate has opened the door to poetry for countless people for whom it might otherwise remain  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/13/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 112
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.418
Language: English

Playfulness, spare elegance, and wit epitomize the poetry of Billy Collins." "With his distinct voice and accessible language, America's two-term Poet Laureate has opened the door to poetry for countless people for whom it might otherwise remain closed. Like the present book's title, Collins's poems are filled with mischief, humor, and irony, " Poetry speaks to all people, it is said, but here I would like to address / only those in my own time zone" - but also with quiet observation, intense wonder, and a reverence for the everyday: " The birds are in their trees, / the toast is in the toaster, / and the poets are at their windows. / They are at their windows in every section of the tangerine of earth- the Chinese poets looking up at the moon, / the American poets gazing out / at the pink and blue ribbons of sunrise." Through simple language, Collins shows that good poetry doesn't have to be obscure or incomprehensible, qualities that are perhaps the real trouble with most " serious" poetry: " By now, it should go without saying / that what the oven is to the baker / and the berry-stained blouse to the drycleaner / so the window is to the poet." In this dazzling new collection, his first in three years, Collins explores boyhood, jazz, love, the passage of time, and, of course, writing- themes familiar to Collins's fans but made new here. Gorgeous, funny, and deeply empathetic, Billy Collins's poetry is a window through which we see our lives as if for the first time. "From the Hardcover edition."

Billy Collins has published six collections of poetry, including Questions About Angels and The Art of Drowning, Picnic, Lightning, his latest, sold more than 25,000 copies in its first year. He teaches at Lehman College of the City University of New York and at Sarah Lawrence College. He was named U.S. Poet Laureate in June 2000.

You, Reader
Monday
Statues in the Park
Traveling Alone
House
In the Moment
The Peasants' Revolt
Theme
Eastern Standard Time
The Long Day
I Ask You
Breathless
In the Evening
Bereft
Flock
Boyhood
Building with Its Face Blown Off
Special Glasses
The Lanyard
Boy Shooting at a Statue
Genius
The Student
Reaper
The Order of the Day
Constellations
The Drive
On Not Finding You at Home
The Centrifuge
The Introduction
The Revenant
See No Evil
Freud
Height
The Lodger
Class Picture, 1954
Care and Feeding
Carry
Drawing Class
The Flying Notebook
Fool Me Good
Evening Alone
The Trouble with Poetry
Silence
Acknowledgments

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