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Publisher Comments:

A Billy Collins poem is instantly recognizable. “Using simple, understandable language,” notes USA Today, the two-term U.S. Poet Laureate “captures ordinary life–its pleasure, its discontents, its moments of sadness and of joy.” His everyman approach to writing resonates with readers everywhere and generates fans who would otherwise never give a poem a second glance.

Now, in this stunning new collection, Collins touches on a greater array of subjects–love, death, solitude, youth, and aging–delving deeper than ever before. Ballistics comes at the reader full force with moving and playful takes on life. Drawing inspiration from the world around him and from such poetic forebears as Robert Frost, Paul Valéry, and eleventh-century poet Liu Yung, Collins drolly captures the essence of an ordinary afternoon:

All I do these drawn-out days

is sit in my kitchen at Pheasant Ridge

where there are no pheasants to be seen

and, last time I looked, no ridge.

Collins reflects on his solitude:

If I lived across the street from myself

and I was sitting in the dark

on the edge of the bed

at five o’clock in the morning,

I might be wondering what the light

was doing on in my study at this hour.

And he meditates on the effects of love:

It turns everything into a symbol

like a storm that breaks loose

in the final chapter of a long novel.

And it may add sparkle to a morning,

or deepen a night

when the bed is ringed with fire.

As Collins strives to find truth in the smallest detail, readers are given a fascinating, intimate glimpse into the heart and soul of a brilliantly thoughtful man and exemplary poet.

From the Hardcover edition.

Synopsis:

The former U.S. poet laureate and best-selling

Synopsis:

The former U.S. poet laureate and best-selling author of Nine Horses and Around the Room presents a new compilation of his acclaimed poems, some of which have never before been published. 75,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

A Billy Collins poem is instantly recognizable. “Using simple, understandable language,” notes USA Today, the two-term U.S. Poet Laureate “captures ordinary life–its pleasure, its discontents, its moments of sadness and of joy.” His everyman approach to writing resonates with readers everywhere and generates fans who would otherwise never give a poem a second glance.

Now, in this stunning new collection, Collins touches on a greater array of subjects–love, death, solitude, youth, and aging–delving deeper than ever before. Ballistics comes at the reader full force with moving and playful takes on life. Drawing inspiration from the world around him and from such poetic forebears as Robert Frost, Paul Valéry, and eleventh-century poet Liu Yung, Collins drolly captures the essence of an ordinary afternoon:

All I do these drawn-out days

is sit in my kitchen at Pheasant Ridge

where there are no pheasants to be seen

and, last time I looked, no ridge.

Collins reflects on his solitude:

If I lived across the street from myself

and I was sitting in the dark

on the edge of the bed

at five o’clock in the morning,

I might be wondering what the light

was doing on in my study at this hour.

And he meditates on the effects of love:

It turns everything into a symbol

like a storm that breaks loose

in the final chapter of a long novel.

And it may add sparkle to a morning,

or deepen a night

when the bed is ringed with fire.

As Collins strives to find truth in the smallest detail, readers are given a fascinating, intimate glimpse into the heart and soul of a brilliantly thoughtful man and exemplary poet.

About the Author

Billy Collins is the author of eight collections of poetry, including 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, he was Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003 and Poet Laureate of New York State from 2004 to 2006.

Table of Contents

Brightly colored boats upturned on the banks of the Charles — Searching — High — The four-moon planet — Evasive maneuvers — August — The poems of others — Aubade — No things — The first night — January in Paris — Ballistics — Pornography — Greek and Roman statuary — Quiet — Scenes of hell — Hippos on holiday — Carpe diem — Lost — Dublin — New Year's Day — The day Lassie died — Tension — The golden years — Vermont, early November — The effort — The lamps unlit — China — Looking forward — (detail) — Le Chien — Addendum — On the death of a next-door neighbor — Separation — Adage — The flight of the statues — Passivity — Ornithography — Baby listening — Bathtub families — Despair — The idea of natural history at Key West — The fish — A dog on his master — The great American poem — What love does — Divorce — Liu Yung — This little piggy went to market — Old man eating alone in a Chinese restaurant — The breather — Oh, my God! — The mortal coil — The future — Envoy.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781588367631
Subtitle:
Poems
Publisher:
Random House
Author:
Collins, Billy
Author:
Billy, Collins
Subject:
Poetry : General
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poems.
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080909
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
112

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Product details 112 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9781588367631 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The former U.S. poet laureate and best-selling
"Synopsis" by , The former U.S. poet laureate and best-selling author of Nine Horses and Around the Room presents a new compilation of his acclaimed poems, some of which have never before been published. 75,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , A Billy Collins poem is instantly recognizable. “Using simple, understandable language,” notes USA Today, the two-term U.S. Poet Laureate “captures ordinary life–its pleasure, its discontents, its moments of sadness and of joy.” His everyman approach to writing resonates with readers everywhere and generates fans who would otherwise never give a poem a second glance.

Now, in this stunning new collection, Collins touches on a greater array of subjects–love, death, solitude, youth, and aging–delving deeper than ever before. Ballistics comes at the reader full force with moving and playful takes on life. Drawing inspiration from the world around him and from such poetic forebears as Robert Frost, Paul Valéry, and eleventh-century poet Liu Yung, Collins drolly captures the essence of an ordinary afternoon:

All I do these drawn-out days

is sit in my kitchen at Pheasant Ridge

where there are no pheasants to be seen

and, last time I looked, no ridge.

Collins reflects on his solitude:

If I lived across the street from myself

and I was sitting in the dark

on the edge of the bed

at five o’clock in the morning,

I might be wondering what the light

was doing on in my study at this hour.

And he meditates on the effects of love:

It turns everything into a symbol

like a storm that breaks loose

in the final chapter of a long novel.

And it may add sparkle to a morning,

or deepen a night

when the bed is ringed with fire.

As Collins strives to find truth in the smallest detail, readers are given a fascinating, intimate glimpse into the heart and soul of a brilliantly thoughtful man and exemplary poet.

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