Horoscopes for the Dead Poems

ISBN-10: 0812975626

ISBN-13: 9780812975628

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Authors: Billy Collins
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Description: Billy Collins is widely acknowledged as a prominent player at the table of modern American poetry. And in this new collection, Horoscopes for the Dead, the verbal gifts that earned him the title “America’s most popular poet” are on full display. The poems here cover the usual but everlasting themes of love and loss, life and death, youth and aging, solitude and union. With simple diction and effortless turns of phrase, Collins is at once ironic and elegiac, as in the opening lines of the title poem: Every morning since you disappeared for good,I read about you in the newspaperalong with the box scores, the weather, and all the bad news.Some days I am reminded that todaywill not be a wildly romantic time for you . . . And in this reflection on his own transience: It doesn’t take much to remind mewhat a mayfly I am,what a soap bubble floating over the children’s party.Standing under the bones of a dinosaurin a museum does the trick every timeor confronting in a vitrine a rock from the moon. Smart, lyrical, and not afraid to be funny, these new poems extend Collins’s reputation as a poet who occupies a special place in the consciousness of readers of poetry, including the many he has converted to the genre.From the Hardcover edition.

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Book details

List price: $19.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/20/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

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.

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