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Billy Collins

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1 Jun 2006
One of the most readable and accessible poets to appear in a long time, Billy Collins strikes at the deepest concerns of the human heart and mind. Frequently, Collins sets up a premise, based on a comically unusual interpretation of an everyday situation, and then proceeds to unwind the premise in ways that are as delightful as they are disturbing. His metaphysical wit and cosmic puzzlement, always expressed in a clean, direct, unpretentious idiom, will touch every reader who is fascinated by the play of a truly original imagination and a disarming way of seeing the world.

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Some gems 28 Mar 2000
By Eric Antonow - Published on
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Billy Collins 28 April 2013
By CloverBelle - Published on
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Amazing Billy Collins 6 July 2009
By Shorty McCoy - Published on
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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Collins is a treasure. 13 Feb 2014
By Barbara Westhafer - Published on
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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.
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