Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems

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Random House Publishing Group, Aug 10, 2011 - Poetry - 192 pages
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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.


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OH MY GOODNESS. THIS WAS SO GOOD. I feel like I have to preface this review with every new poetry reader's disclaimer: I usually do not like nor read poetry. Pretty much all the poetry I've been ... Read full review

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I'm not a natural to poetry; I really have to work at it and make a special effort to make time for it and pay attention, which is odd, because I have my quiet and unexpressed poetic way of looking at ... Read full review

Contents

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Billy Collins has published six collections of poetry, including Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, and Picnic, Lightning. He teaches at Lehman College of the City University of New York and at Sarah Lawrence College and was recently appointed named the U.S. Poet Laureate.


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