Billy Collins's poetry has been described by Gerald Stern as "heartbreakingly beautiful." Annie Proulx admits, "I have never before felt possessive...more
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. 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 of Drowning; and "Picnic, Lightning--are now available in special, limited edition hardcovers as well as in paperback. less
Excellent work here. Collins' usual style, but this is my personal favorite of his many books.
Especially read "Picnic Lightning," and "Marginalia."
One of my all time favorite poems is "Budapest." Here he personifies his desire to write as a means of survival. The idea blew me away! Fantastic poem.
You just can't go wrong with Billy Collins. My favorite is "I Chop Some Parsley While Listening to Art Blakey's Version of the Three Blind Mice." This man really got me into poetry, and that's one of the best things you can say about a person.
Billy Collins is one of the most accessible poets that I'm aware of. While I didn't enjoy this collection as much as "The Trouble with Poetry," this collection truly is tops with many memorable stanzas. His ability to create images with so few words is amazing. I love how his poems start out one way, but take you down an unexpected path to who knows where. A joy to read!