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Another Reason Why I Don't Keep a Gun in the House

The neighbors? dog will not stop barking.
He is barking the same high, rhythmic bark
that he barks every time they leave the house.
They must switch him on on their way out.
The neighbors? dog will not stop barking.
I close all the windows in the house
and put on a Beethoven symphony full blast
but I can still hear him muffled under the music,
barking, barking, barking,
and now I can see him sitting in the orchestra,
his head raised confidently as if Beethoven
had included a part for barking dog.
When the record finally ends he is still barking,
sitting there in the oboe section barking,
his eyes fixed on the conductor who is
entreating him with his baton
while the other musicians listen in respectful
silence to the famous barking dog solo,
that endless coda that first established
Beethoven as an innovative genius.

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sarahpro22, July 7, 2006 (view all comments by sarahpro22)
Being a huge fan of poetry, especially poems in which the topic is simple yet complex at the same time, Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems is an incredible book of poetry. Billy Collins' way of writing and portraying the simple is so vivid and different that each poem takes the reader to a new level of understanding life, love, and emotions.

Within this book of poetry are two poems that I could (and do) read over and over again, and each time I do, I find a deeper and more meaningful message that Collins may or may not be suggesting. It's the way that I, the reader, relay the poem's meaning to myself.

The two poems are "Schoolsville" and "Splitting Wood".

I highly recommend this book to all aspiring writers, teachers and poetry enthusiasts.

Billy Collins is a poetry genius.

- Sarah
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ISBN:
9780375755194
Author:
Collins, Billy
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Location:
New York
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry, modern
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 116
Publication Date:
September 17, 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.54x5.30x.42 in. .31 lbs.

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Product details 192 pages Random House Trade - English 9780375755194 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "The most obvious thing to say about Collins's poetry is that it is funny, in an accessible and immediately familiar way. But his true poetic gift is something more than a sense of humor; it is a genuine, if often debased, wit. Wit is the yoking together of heterogeneous things, and when it is properly used it has an unsettling power. It forces hostile ideas and associations into a disturbing intimacy: Donne's 'bracelet of bright hair around the bone,' Eliot's 'fear in a handful of dust.' And while Collins's angle of vision is never genuinely strange, it is skewed just enough to be surprising." (read the entire New Republic review)
"Review" by , "Billy Collins writes lovely poems — lovely in a way almost nobody's since Roethke's are. Limpid, gently and consistently startling, more serious than they seem, they describe all the worlds that are and were and some others besides."
"Review" by , "Luring his readers into the poem with humor, Mr. Collins leads them unwittingly into deeper, more serious places, a kind of journey from the familiar or quirky to unexpected territory, sometimes tender, often profound."
"Review" by , "A brilliant comic sally...a wonderful, sly, and moving collection."
"Synopsis" by , Sailing Alone Around the Room, by America's Poet Laureate, Billy Collins, contains both new poems and a generous gathering from his earlier collections The Apple That Astonished Paris, Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, and Picnic, Lightning. These poems show Collins at his best, performing the kinds of distinctive poetic maneuvers that have delighted and fascinated so many readers. They may begin in curiosity and end in grief; they may start with irony and end with lyric transformation; they may, and often do, begin with the everyday and end in the infinite. Possessed of a unique voice that is at once plain and melodic, Billy Collins has managed to enrich American poetry while greatly widening the circle of its audience.
"Synopsis" by , Sailing Alone Around the Room, by Americas Poet Laureate, Billy Collins, contains both new poems and a generous gathering from his earlier collections The Apple That Astonished Paris, Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, and Picnic, Lightning. These poems show Collins at his best, performing the kinds of distinctive poetic maneuvers that have delighted and fascinated so many readers. They may begin in curiosity and end in grief; they may start with irony and end with lyric transformation; they may, and often do, begin with the everyday and end in the infinite. Possessed of a unique voice that is at once plain and melodic, Billy Collins has managed to enrich American poetry while greatly widening the circle of its audience.
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