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Billy Collins's poetry has been described by Gerald Stern as "heartbreakingly beautiful." Annie Proulx admits, "I have never before felt possessive about a poet, but I am fiercely glad that Billy Collins is ours." The New York Times calls him simply "the real thing." Over the past decade, Collins has garnered critical acclaim and broad popular appeal. To celebrate his years as U.S. Poet Laureate, the three books that helped establish and secure his reputation during the 1990s — Questions About Angels; The Art of Drowning; and Picnic, Lightning — are now available in special, limited edition hardcovers as well as in paperback.


"Collins's fund of invention and gift of humor delight me...A brilliant collection." David Lehman, Washington Post Book

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Billy Collins, named U.S. Poet Laureate in June 2001 and reappointed to the post in 2002, has published seven collections of poetry, including The Apple That Astonished Paris; Nine Horses; Picnic, Lightning; The Art of Drowning; and Sailing Alone Around the Room. A professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York, he lives in Somers, New York.

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Sarah Ritter, November 10, 2007 (view all comments by Sarah Ritter)
In my 30-plus years of sharing poetry with students ranging from age 10 to 75, Billy Collins stands out as the 21st century's "Poet of the People." He offers love, loss, humor, and pathos, but never, ever the bitter, or sometimes, emotional coldness of his predecessor, Robert Frost. As the New England daughter of New Englanders, Frost stands strong, but Collins makes me smile and sigh,... and remember; all things Frost could not.

I am grateful to have Billy Collins' 'art of words' to share, celebrate, and illuminate the wonder of poetry.

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Product Details

Collins, Billy
University of Pittsburgh Press
Pittsburgh :
American - General
Single Author - American (General)
Single Author / General
Poetry-A to Z
Single Author / American
Edition Description:
Pitt poetry series
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no. 94-6
Publication Date:
9 x 6 x 0.4 in

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