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The Apple That Astonished Paris Hardcover – 12 Jun 2006


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'Using simple, understandable language, Collins captures ordinary life - its pleasures, its discontents, its moments of sadness and joy.' USA Today

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BILLY COLLINS is Distinguished Professor of English at the City University of New York. He was appointed Poet Laureate of the United States for 2001-2003 and was named Poet Laureate of New York State for 2004 - 2006. He is a Guggenheim fellow and a New York Public Library 'Litrerary Lion.' He is the author of eight collections of poetry including his latest, The Trouble with Poetry, and has edited two anthologies of contemporary poetry.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Some gems 28 Mar 2000
By Eric Antonow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you know and enjoy Billy's poems this volume is a necessity. There are some earlier pieces that are brilliantly focused and tight -- like a joke and a punchline. Others are more subtle, but always clear in language and meaning. There is no contemporary poet that I would recommend more highly.
Also check out The Best Cigarette CD for a great collection of Billy reading his work.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Best of Billy Collins 28 April 2013
By CloverBelle - Published on Amazon.com
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I cannot say enough good things about Billy Collins. His poems are all relatable and genuine. Quirky and witty and sweet.
Learned to like Poetry 16 May 2014
By Ex Marine - Published on Amazon.com
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Never liked Poetry before, but i heard him speak on UCTV, i now love poetry, at least his. Will have the venture out later.
Collins is a treasure. 13 Feb 2014
By Barbara Westhafer - Published on Amazon.com
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Been awhile since I read this book, but Collins is a fine poet with a sense of humor I can relate to. Kudos to him from a retired English teacher.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The Amazing Billy Collins 6 July 2009
By Shorty McCoy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I don't have this book in hand, since I bought it as a gift. Over the years, I have often given Billy's books as gifts. He is a wonderful poet. Makes me laugh. Sometimes makes me tear up.
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