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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely work..., 29 July 2009
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Mr. Anthony R. Mitton "A.R.Mitton" (Cambridge UK) - See all my reviews
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If you already know Billy Collins's work, then you won't be disappointed by Ballistics. I've read most of his published poetry to date, but have read it as a poetaster rather than as a literary critic. So I'm not getting down to heavy criticism here, I'm just saying that it has his characteristic voice you'll have come to know and love if you are one of his regular readers. While his work is ruminative it also has warmth and particularly humour. There is a gentle, playful, teasing that goes on in his work. It helps to have a fairly literary or artistic background to read him, since he is a very educated poet. But it's not essential, I'd reckon, as one of his key characteristics is his ease of access. The poems have an inviting surface clarity. You won't bounce off the surface of an impenetrable text when you're reading him, as with some modern poetries. His lexicon and syntax make his poems initially open to all or most readers. So you feel you "understand" the poem on first acquaintance. But don't be fooled. Many of these poems are much cleverer, more intelligent, playfully witty, than you might first think. Don't be put off by that suggestion. Just read the poems and see. Reading Billy Collins is like eating ice-cream. You just keep wanting more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More good stuff, 27 Jan. 2013
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F. J. Court "Fenton" (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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No wonder Billy Collins is the USA's best loved poet. No bleeding heart romantic, no metaphysical rubbish, just good poetry, seeing the odd and unusual in everyday experiences! Favourite poems are probably 'Ornithography' and the 'Idea of Natural History at Key West'. Unfortunately only 110 pages long, but worth every penny, am now reading it again. Try 'Horoscopes for the dead' and 'Questions about angels' which are equally as good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ballistics, 25 Jun. 2011
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L. Mctaggart "Laurie McT" (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK) - See all my reviews
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All that you would expect from Billy Collins: urbane and witty. He writes his poems from (to quote himself in 'August in Paris') a droll angle. Very droll indeed. You never come away from reading a poem of his feeling disappointed, or feeling you've been done. He seems to take quite an innocuous beginning sentence and see how far he can 'run' with it - fortunately for us, he's a marathon man!
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