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. ...Read MoreBilly 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 Drowning; and Picnic, Lightning--are now available in special, limited edition hardcovers as well as in paperback."Read Less
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A craftsman with words AND he actually says something worth thinking about!
Dec 11, 2008
Billy Collins has an excellent sense of humor and a great way of looking at everyday life that he shares in his poetry collection "Questions About Angels". Although I had originally gotten this book at the library for a school project, I enjoyed it so much, I had to own it so I could read it again and again. My Mom also enjoyed it enormously. I highly recommend this collection to all ages.
Publishers Weekly, 1991-05-17 Smack-dab in the middle of this collection is the delightful ``Purity,'' a poem detailing Collins's macabre writing process. On Wednesdays, in the late afternoon, the poet goes to his study and sheds his clothes. He then removes his flesh--``so that what I write will be pure, / completely rinsed of the carnal''--and takes out each of his organs so as not ``to hear their ancient rhythms / when I am trying to tap out my own drumbeat.'' ``Purity'' is about ideas rather than feelings, but the poet executes his metaphors with perfect precision and a bravura wit. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about most of the other poems here. Collins's images are often strange and wonderful but too frequently his poems are constricted by the novelty of a unifying metaphor. In ``Cliche,'' Collins ( Pok er face ) writes about his life as ``an open book,'' and all that we eventually end up learning is that he ``loves to feel the daily turning of the pages.'' We can admire the scope of Collins's imagination, but his poems rarely induce an emotional reaction, precluding us from any affinity with his experience. This volume was selected by Edward Hirsch for the 1990 National Poetry Series. (June)
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