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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 newspaper

along with the box scores, the weather, and all the bad news.

Some days I am reminded that today

will not be a wildly romantic time for you . . .

And in this reflection on his own transience:

It doesn't take much to remind me

what a mayfly I am,

what a soap bubble floating over the children's party.

Standing under the bones of a dinosaur

in a museum does the trick every time

or 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.

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"Collins reveals the unexpected within the ordinary. He peels back the surface of the humdrum to make the moment new" The Christian Science Monitor

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"The most companionable of poetic companions" The New York Times

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"Billy Collins demonstrates why he is one of our best poets, with his appealing trademark style: a self-deprecating charm, playful wit and unexpected imaginative leaps" San Antonio Express-News

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"By careful observation, Collins spins comic gold from the dross of quotidian suburban life....Chipping away at the surface, he surprises you by scraping to the wood underneath, to some deeper truth" Entertainment Weekly

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"A poet of plentitude, irony, and Augustan grace" The New Yorker

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"It is difficult not to be charmed by Collins, and that in itself is a remarkable literary accomplishment" The New York Review of Books

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"Collins continues his penchant for writing witty, companionable verse that's often rooted in everyday matters." The Wall Street Journal

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"Collins writes of time and death with humor and whirligig images and wordplay so unexpected and delectable, reading his poetry is like watching a magician transform ordinary objects — a coin, a card — into something breathtaking out of thin air." Booklist

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"This is the poet's richest work to date." Newsday

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"Beloved, witty, smart, yet accessible." St. Petersburg Times

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"Billy Collins is one of today's most popular poets, revered for his ability to evoke humor and heartbreak in verses both subtle and sagacious." Wisconsin State Journal

Synopsis:

Billy Collins is widely acknowledged as a prominent player at the table of modern American poetry. And in this smart, lyrical, and mischievous collection of poetry, which covers the everlasting themes of love and loss, youth and aging, solitude and union, Collins's verbal gifts are on full display.

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WINNER—BEST POETRY—GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS

 

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY

NEWSWEEK/THE DAILY BEAST

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

 

Billy Collins is widely acknowledged as a prominent player at the table of modern American poetry. And in this smart, lyrical, and mischievous collection of poetry, which covers the everlasting themes of love and loss, youth and aging, solitude and union, Collins’s verbal gifts are on full display.

About the Author

Billy Collins is the author of nine collections of poetry, including Ballistics, The Trouble with Poetry, Nine Horses, Sailing Alone Around the Room, Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, and Picnic, Lightning. He is also the editor of Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry and 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day. A distinguished professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York, and a distinguished fellow of the Winter Park Institute of Rollins College, he was Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003 and Poet Laureate of New York State from 2004 to 2006.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780812975628
Author:
Collins, Billy
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
8 x 5.15 x 0.3 in 0.25 lb

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Product details 128 pages Random House Trade - English 9780812975628 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Collins reveals the unexpected within the ordinary. He peels back the surface of the humdrum to make the moment new"
"Review" by , "The most companionable of poetic companions"
"Review" by , "Billy Collins demonstrates why he is one of our best poets, with his appealing trademark style: a self-deprecating charm, playful wit and unexpected imaginative leaps"
"Review" by , "By careful observation, Collins spins comic gold from the dross of quotidian suburban life....Chipping away at the surface, he surprises you by scraping to the wood underneath, to some deeper truth"
"Review" by , "A poet of plentitude, irony, and Augustan grace"
"Review" by , "It is difficult not to be charmed by Collins, and that in itself is a remarkable literary accomplishment"
"Review" by , "Collins continues his penchant for writing witty, companionable verse that's often rooted in everyday matters."
"Review" by , "Collins writes of time and death with humor and whirligig images and wordplay so unexpected and delectable, reading his poetry is like watching a magician transform ordinary objects — a coin, a card — into something breathtaking out of thin air."
"Review" by , "This is the poet's richest work to date."
"Review" by , "Beloved, witty, smart, yet accessible."
"Review" by , "Billy Collins is one of today's most popular poets, revered for his ability to evoke humor and heartbreak in verses both subtle and sagacious."
"Synopsis" by , Billy Collins is widely acknowledged as a prominent player at the table of modern American poetry. And in this smart, lyrical, and mischievous collection of poetry, which covers the everlasting themes of love and loss, youth and aging, solitude and union, Collins's verbal gifts are on full display.
"Synopsis" by , WINNER—BEST POETRY—GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS

 

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY

NEWSWEEK/THE DAILY BEAST

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

 

Billy Collins is widely acknowledged as a prominent player at the table of modern American poetry. And in this smart, lyrical, and mischievous collection of poetry, which covers the everlasting themes of love and loss, youth and aging, solitude and union, Collins’s verbal gifts are on full display.

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