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Picnic, Lightning (Pitt Poetry Series) by [Collins, Billy]
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4.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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"The easy swing of Collins's lines reflect his love of jazz and his ready response to beauty; the warmth of his voice emanates from his instinct for pleasure and his propensity toward humor. . . . Collins is jazzman and Buddhist, charmer and prince."
"--Booklist"

"Billy Collins writes lovely poems--lovely in a way almost nobody's since Roethke's are. Limpid, gently and consistently startling, more serious than they seem, they describe all the worlds that are and were and some others besides."
--John Updike

"Billy Collins writes a kind of poetry that is . . . graceful, inviting, generous-hearted, able to treat engagingly of life's pleasures as well as its pain. . . . entering a poem by Mr. Collins is like entering a comfortable yet beautifully appointed guet room; for the time being, it will give you all that you need."

"--The Washington Times"

"These are wonderful poems and he's one of our best poets."

"--American Poet"

"Billy Collins's poetry is heartbreakingly beautiful. It is also wise, funny, and brilliant. My ten favorites keep shifting all the time. Ovid is in again; so is Billy Collins."

--Gerald Stern

"Billy Collins, America's poet laureate, 'hits you between the eyes' with his 'twisted' take on everyday life."

"--U.S. News & World Report"

"I have never before felt possessive about a poet, but I am fiercely glad that Billy Collins is ours--smart, his strings tuned and resonant, his wonderful eye looping over the things, events and ideas of the world, rueful, playful, warm-voiced, easy to love."
--E. Annie Proulx


Billy Collins writes lovely poems lovely in a way almost nobody s since Roethke s are. Limpid, gently and consistently startling, more serious than they seem, they describe all the worlds that are and were and some others besides.
--John Updike"

The easy swing of Collins's lines reflect his love of jazz and his ready response to beauty; the warmth of his voice emanates from his instinct for pleasure and his propensity toward humor. . . . Collins is jazzman and Buddhist, charmer and prince.
"--Booklist""

Billy Collins writes a kind of poetry that is . . . graceful, inviting, generous-hearted, able to treat engagingly of life s pleasures as well as its pain. . . . entering a poem by Mr. Collins is like entering a comfortable yet beautifully appointed guet room; for the time being, it will give you all that you need.

" The Washington Times""

These are wonderful poems and he s one of our best poets.

" American Poet""

Billy Collins's poetry is heartbreakingly beautiful. It is also wise, funny, and brilliant. My ten favorites keep shifting all the time. Ovid is in again; so is Billy Collins.

Gerald Stern"

Billy Collins, America's poet laureate, 'hits you between the eyes' with his 'twisted' take on everyday life.

" U.S. News & World Report""

I have never before felt possessive about a poet, but I am fiercely glad that Billy Collins is ours smart, his strings tuned and resonant, his wonderful eye looping over the things, events and ideas of the world, rueful, playful, warm-voiced, easy to love.
E. Annie Proulx
"

About the Author

Billy Collins, named U.S. Poet Laureate in June 2001 and reappointed to the post in 2002, has published many collections of poetry, including "The Apple That Astonished Paris; Nine Horses; The Art of Drowning; Picnic, Lightning; Questions about Angels"; and "Sailing Alone Around the Room." A professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York, he lives in Somers, New York."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 769 KB
  • Print Length: 104 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press; 1 edition (15 Jan. 1998)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GUDW6Z8
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,144,726 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By A Customer on 5 April 1999
Format: Paperback
Billy Collin's latest collection, "Picnic, Lightning" is a smart, funny, moving glimpse into everything from a Victoria's Secret catalog ("Victoria's Secret") to an encyclopedia ("What I Learned Today"), personal relationships ("Paradelle for Susan," which introduced me to a whole new poetic form) to the joy of jazz ("I Chop Parsley...", "Jazz and Nature"). Casual in tone, Collins' poems don't make the reader struggle with poetic diction or unfamiliar vocabulary. Like quiet conversation in a coffee house, they offer a friendly intimacy in their simplicity of subject, and yet challenge the reader with the unexpected leaps Collins makes in his imagery and ideas. "I Chop Parsley..." for example, starts out as a narrative about preparing a meal, becomes a meditation on jazz and a nursery rhyme, and all the while is an examination of how we try to hide our own emotional vulnerability even from ourselves. This poem (one of my favorites in the book) is a wonderful illustration of how willing Collins is to usher his readers into his interior world, observed with a wry self-knowledge and a refreshing gentleness. This is a collection written for readers in the late 20th century who value honesty, humor, razor-sharp observation, and hard-earned wisdom. I couldn't recommend it more highly.
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The first time I read a Billy Collins poem I literally cried with recognition of something he was able to capture in words...that has happened to me many times since. His poetry is like clear water flowing, it's healing and revealing, it's good for a headache, good for your sense of perspective. He manages to be really accessible without being anything like shallow, his poetic voice addresses the reader with respect, without sounding patronizing. You don't have to write poetry to love and to "get" Billy Collins' poems. So, buy the book already!!!
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Billy Collins is a very sincere and honest poet. He writes about whatever moment he happens to be experiencing; because of this, one could compare him to William Carlos Williams. Collins uses simple, short stanzas to communicate what is happening at any given moment in his life. For instance, in his poem, "The Many Faces of Jazz," Collins describes the looks that different people put on when listening to jazz. Collins shows his sincerity by telling the reader what he is really thinking--he communicates his doubts and fears, joys and pains with a rare sort of wit that is funny without being overly cynical. In "Victoria's Secret," Collins vents his frustration about frequently receiving the lingerie catalog. His wit in this poem is charming and honest, letting the reader know that Collins is a real person, not just a photo hiding behind ninety pages of words.
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I bring Picnic, Lightning with me everywhere. The train, the laundrymat, the coffeeshop, the DMV (especially the DMV). More than any other American poet that I have come across, Collins is able to look at the ordinary things that happen to us on a daily basis and transform them into art. What happens when we stare too long at the new Victoria's secret catalog that has just arrived in the mail? Where does our imagination go when we think to long on Emily Dickinson? Why don't men where hats anymore? Let Collins answer these probing questions for you. Collins doesn't hide behind arcane verbiage and intricate allusions. He uses everyday language with smooth touch of a true craftsman. He's funny, jazzy and an excellent poet. Buy this book.
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I bought this book last year after being introduced to his work by an American friend. I read bits of it and took to his work instantly - he has a subtle sense of humour, and an obvious love of jazz music which every so often creep to the front in his work - you can just hear Cleo Laine sing Three Blind Mice in Billy Collin's poem Cutting Parsley. He performed last week at The Purcell Room in London to a full house and lived up to all my expectations set by this collection. If you have not heard of him before, try him.
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i never used to like poetry, but billy collins turned me on to it. cute isn't quite the right word to describe his poems, but they're definately entertaining. it's like following a train of thought that may seem somewhat far fetched until it all comes together with a little piece of insight given at the end. lovely, lovely poetry!
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By A Customer on 25 Jun. 1999
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Billy Collins' Picnic Lightning has already become the best reading experience of this summer, for me at least. I am not one who normally reads a great deal of poetry and, frankly, found this book almost by accident. But it has become the one book that I am sharing with all my friends. I can't wait to read more of his work
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