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Picnic, Lightning (Pitt Poetry Series) Hardcover – 31 Mar 1998


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  • Hardcover: 104 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press (31 Mar 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822940663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822940661
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 16 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,175,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 April 1999
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Billy Collin's latest collection, "Picnic, Lightning" is a smart, funny, moving glimpse into everything from a Victoria's Secret catalog ("Victoria's Secret") to an encyclopedia ("What I Learned Today"), personal relationships ("Paradelle for Susan," which introduced me to a whole new poetic form) to the joy of jazz ("I Chop Parsley...", "Jazz and Nature"). Casual in tone, Collins' poems don't make the reader struggle with poetic diction or unfamiliar vocabulary. Like quiet conversation in a coffee house, they offer a friendly intimacy in their simplicity of subject, and yet challenge the reader with the unexpected leaps Collins makes in his imagery and ideas. "I Chop Parsley..." for example, starts out as a narrative about preparing a meal, becomes a meditation on jazz and a nursery rhyme, and all the while is an examination of how we try to hide our own emotional vulnerability even from ourselves. This poem (one of my favorites in the book) is a wonderful illustration of how willing Collins is to usher his readers into his interior world, observed with a wry self-knowledge and a refreshing gentleness. This is a collection written for readers in the late 20th century who value honesty, humor, razor-sharp observation, and hard-earned wisdom. I couldn't recommend it more highly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Feb 1999
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The first time I read a Billy Collins poem I literally cried with recognition of something he was able to capture in words...that has happened to me many times since. His poetry is like clear water flowing, it's healing and revealing, it's good for a headache, good for your sense of perspective. He manages to be really accessible without being anything like shallow, his poetic voice addresses the reader with respect, without sounding patronizing. You don't have to write poetry to love and to "get" Billy Collins' poems. So, buy the book already!!!
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By V. J. Phillpot on 14 April 2013
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I came across this poet by chance and was eager to read one of his collections. 'Picnic. Lightning' was a good choice, I enjoyed the work and will be reading more of Billy Collins as a result.
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I bought this book last year after being introduced to his work by an American friend. I read bits of it and took to his work instantly - he has a subtle sense of humour, and an obvious love of jazz music which every so often creep to the front in his work - you can just hear Cleo Laine sing Three Blind Mice in Billy Collin's poem Cutting Parsley. He performed last week at The Purcell Room in London to a full house and lived up to all my expectations set by this collection. If you have not heard of him before, try him.
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By A Customer on 25 Jun 1999
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Billy Collins' Picnic Lightning has already become the best reading experience of this summer, for me at least. I am not one who normally reads a great deal of poetry and, frankly, found this book almost by accident. But it has become the one book that I am sharing with all my friends. I can't wait to read more of his work
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By A Customer on 20 Jun 1999
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What a pleasure reading Billy Collins' Picnic, Lightning. Each poem is precisely drawn, pulling you into these small moments of nature, life, beauty. A treat to read.
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