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Best use of objective correlative since T. S. Eliot.,
By A Customer
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.