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5.0 out of 5 stars Billy Collins' writing is fragilely beautiful, 10 Oct. 1998
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This review is from: The Art of Drowning (Pitt Poetry Series) (Paperback)
I first came across "lines lost among trees" in the Best of American Poetry 97. Next was The Art of Drowning. I feel Collins' presence in each of his poems; he writes himself into every one of them. He relates to his readers in a casual, informal way, not at all stuffy like the great predecessors of English poetry. He makes poems out of even the most hum-drum things of our daily lives, and crafts them in so delicate a way that they become fresh and alive. Collins himself is a very lively and affable person; I've had the opportunity to meet him. Picnic, Lightning however, was a bit of a disappointment; it couldn't top the ingenuity of The Art of Drowning. As for his earlier works...if only I could get my hands on them! They are all out-of-print. Billy Collins is not like other poets. He puts on no airs; he's the real thing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best use of objective correlative since T. S. Eliot., 6 May 1998
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This review is from: The Art of Drowning (Pitt Poetry Series) (Paperback)
Billy Collins' latest, 'Picnic, Lightning' is an inspiring string of pearls. Each poem, a lustrous contrast of imagination within reality. As in 'Aristotle',
a streak of light in the sky, a hat on a peg, and outside the cabin, falling leaves.
Collins wrecklessly selects objects that evoke both sullen and inspiring emotions. His talent resides not only in his choice of images but also in his ability to gather them into a lucid believable form, as in 'After the Storm':
Soft yellow-gray light of early morning, butter and wool, the two bedroom windows still beaded and streaked with rain.
Butter and wool, one can just feel the morning come, the rain gently falling, the mood clearly laid out. This is the excellence that presides over this collection.
Buy it, sit with it, let it permeate your senses. You will be a changed person for having read it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Billy Collins writes lovely poems..." John Updike, 6 Feb. 1998
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This review is from: The Art of Drowning (Pitt Poetry Series) (Paperback)
John Updike says of Billy Collins' poems, "...they describe all the worlds that are and were and some others besides." The poems in this book picked me up and carried me, covered with gooseflesh, through these worlds. The subject matter is the everyday, the invisible behind the visible, the thin shadow of the world obscuring reality. To say that I liked this book is too weak a statement -- say that this book is now a part of me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Always enchanting and very thrilling!!, 13 Aug. 2010
This review is from: The Art of Drowning (Pitt Poetry Series) (Paperback)
Collin's verses are enchanting and thrilling. They can take up banalities and profound matters in an exquisite manner.
The daily life is portrayed in these verses:

"In a while, one of us will go up to bed
and the other one will follow.
Then we will slip below the surface of the night
into miles of water, drifting down and down
to the dark, soundless bottom
until the weight of dreams pulls us lower still,
below the shale and layered rock"

Saddening in a way, but so realistic.
Collins is also great in making the reader connect with past memories or with future prospects.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Non-rhyming poetry beautifully rhythmic., 9 Oct. 2010
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This man's poetry is really amazing. I always wondered what people got out of reading poetry. Now I know. Of course, ordering it from Amazon was so simple. the book arrived in perfect condition and it didn't take long. jean michaelidesThe Art of Drowning (Pitt Poetry Series)
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The Art of Drowning (Pitt Poetry Series) by Billy Collins (Paperback - 30 Jun. 1995)
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