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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc; New title edition (1 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812972961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812972962
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.2 x 20.3 cm
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Lots of poems that could have been written by Billy Collins on a morning when he woke late, with a hangover, and a bad case of typhoid. They rarely come close to the clarity and exact expression he mastered in his best work.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Hooray for Modern Poetry 27 April 2005
By John Michael Albert - Published on
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The biggest problem with modern anything is that there is so much of it. I am profoundly grateful to people like Billy Collins who are willing to put their excellent eyes and ears to work and help me sift through the straw for the gold. There's humor here, and gravity, and classical themes treated with modern twists, and all suffused with materly craft. High school? I'm one (with Frank Conroy) who believes you should always shoot over your head. So, definitely high school. And most of the rest of America, seeing how it seems to be unaware that the country is experiencing a great poetic renaissance these days.

And as for reservations on language or subject matter, it is the imperative of poetry to wade fearlessly into both and reveal the power inherent in the skillful marriage of the unusual and the unexpected. Everyone thinks of these things -- regardless of polite or politically correct conventions -- it's someone's responsibility to speak of these things ... and that's what poets are for.

I have more poems ticked in the table of contents of this anthology than any other poetry book I've read -- and I read three or four of them a week (it's my not-so-secret perversion, if you will). There's so much to inspire here, so much to make one think. Billy Collins learned from what worked in the first volume -- a powerful experience in its own right -- and make the sequal doubly good. Hooray for him!
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
more poems please 4 May 2005
By Robert G Yokoyama - Published on
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I knew never that poetry could be so fun. The poems in this book are about a wide variety of subjects that are enjoyable and easy to understand. Jeep Cherokee by Bruce Jacobs is one of my favorite poems. It is a poem about how a car is a symbol of freedom and adventure. Jacobs explains how a car can often be a reflection of a person's personality.

The Cowardice of Husbands by David Kirby is another favorite of mine. It is a poem about how some husbands hate to do some things with their wives like go to plays, operas, and sometimes even sit through poetry readings. This poem is a honest and truthful opinion about the relationship between men and women. Birthday Poem by Erin Murphy really sticks out too. It is about a woman trying to remember the last name of her friend who died of breast cancer. It is a very moving poem about about friendship and how much our friends mean to us.

I really enjoyed the poem Dorie Off To Atlanta by Mark Halliday. Reading this poem is like listening to a conversation between two girlfriends about a mutual friend they have dating a great guy. Valentine is a very clever poem by Carol Ann Duffy. It is a poem about how she feels how an onion would be a good gift to give someone for Valentine's Day. I liked the originality of these two poems very much.

Katia Kapovich's Painting A Room is a good example about how doing something so ordinary can be symbolic and meaningful. She dedicates this poem to her friend who paints her apartment in Russia before coming to America in 1989. She reflects on her memories of living in the apartment like her past romances, old jobs, and night phone calls. It is a very touching poem and one of my favorites.

Eleven Thousand And One by Darcie Dennigan is a very lengthy poem about how a young woman celebrating her birthday in a bar with her girlfriends. She compares the woman in this poem named Ella with a Saint named Ursula. Both characters encounter similar painful experiences with men. I think Dennigan describes the parallels so well in her poem.

I really enjoyed reading all the poems in this book. Reading this book has inspired me to continue writing my own poetry and expressing my feelings in a creative way. I hope Billy Collins puts out another collection of poems like this soon.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Another Enjoyable Collection 19 April 2005
By T. D. - Published on
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As a high school teacher, I've enjoyed using Collins's earlier collection, Poetry 180. This book offers a similar sensibility: accessible poetry that often surprises and delights. While I have only read about half of the collection, I can offer these insights. Most poets are represented with a single work, some by two, and a pair - Robert Wrigley and Bill Knott - merit three. With the same number of poems but 45 more pages than the previous volume, it is apparent that some longer poems have been selected, though many clock in at a single page. If David Kirby's "A Cowardice of Husbands" is any indication, the longer poems are a welcome addition.

As someone developing my taste for poetry, I appreciate the survey of high-quality writing. A caution to teachers: there are several poems in this collection that contain an occasional expletive, or that dwell on a topic some communities might find objectionable.
24 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Poetry: the good, the bad, the drivel 23 May 2005
By Ingles - Published on
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Why do intelligent, well-educated, literate men such as myself avoid poetry as if you could catch a communicable disease from it? The answer is simple: poetry has become indecipherable, incomprehensible, and an academic exercise rather than an enjoyable one. The joke has been that the only people reading poetry anymore are poets who read each other's poems out of social obligation ("I'll read yours if you read mine"). Everyone else has pretty much given up on it. A lot of poetry is also, transparently, the scribblings of manic-depressives and individuals who have way too much time on their hands and who spend way too much of that time brooding rather than doing. There are too many poems out there that make strained similes and laughably absurd metaphors ("My lover's lips are like the first Model T Ford to roll off the assembly line...") There are also way too many poems that are what I call "Oprah poems". "Oprah poems" are poems, usually written by women, that consist of little more than a long cry (or angry, poisonous rant) over a relationship that has ended. In other words, chick lit for women in therapy. Get over it, sister. I would rather see someone dancing wildly and drunkenly on a dance floor to "I will survive" than to have to read one of those self-pitying epics in bathos - and that isn't saying much. Then there are the sweaty poems written by self-consciously libidinous males (usually, randy young academics) that are nothing more than tedious, thesaurus generated pornography by self-absorbed boy-men who must think that they are the only men alive in the universe with a sex drive. Otherwise, why would they think their experience was so novel that they were driven to write about it and publish it? Get over it, buddy; find some male friends, buy them a few drinks, and you might learn a few things.

Here is a volume that tries very hard to avoid all those faults. It succeeds - most of the time. I enjoyed 70% of these poems. They were refreshing, fun, funny, novel, inventive, a pleasure. Amazing! Poetry that can be enjoyed without codebreaker software to decipher and understand. Poetry that isn't embarassing for a man to read. There were still a good number that left me wondering what in the world they were trying to say. Is it too much to ask poets not to drift so far away from common sentence construction that the reader is bewildered? I couldn't get past the first sentences of a few of these - those old sins and faults of bad poetry still managed to sneak in on a number of these selections. But there were plenty here that surprised and delighted me. I am now going out to get the first volume.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
180 More: Extraaordinary poems 15 Mar. 2006
By Sham Rock - Published on
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This is a great way to start reading poetry. Most are open poems and easy to read and understand.
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