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  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Trade; Reprint edition (13 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375755217
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375755217
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 0.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 848,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Billy Collins
"Using simple, understandable language, Collins captures ordinary life-its pleasure, its discontents, its moments of sadness and of joy.""
-"USA Today
"At once accessible and profound, [Collins's] work makes him a natural people's poet."
-Boston Herald
"A poet of plenitude, irony, and Augustan grace."
-The New Yorker
"A sort of poet not seen since Robert Frost."
-The Boston Globe

"Collins reveals the unexpected within the ordinary. He peels back the surface of the humdrum to make the moment new."
-The Christian Science Monitor
"It is difficult not to be charmed by Collins, and that in itself is a remarkable literary accomplishment."
-The New York Review of Books

Praise for Billy Collins
"Using simple, understandable language, Collins captures ordinary life-its pleasure, its discontents, its moments of sadness and of joy.""
-"USA Today
"At once accessible and profound, [Collins's] work makes him a natural people's poet."
-Boston Herald
"A poet of plenitude, irony, and Augustan grace."
-The New Yorker
"A sort of poet not seen since Robert Frost."
-The Boston Globe

"Collins reveals the unexpected within the ordinary. He peels back the surface of the humdrum to make the moment new."
-The Christian Science Monitor
"It is difficult not to be charmed by Collins, and that in itself is a remarkable literary accomplishment."
-The New York Review of Books

"From the Hardcover edition."

Praise for Billy Collins
" Using simple, understandable language, Collins captures ordinary life- its pleasure, its discontents, its moments of sadness and of joy." "
- "USA Today
" At once accessible and profound, [Collins' s] work makes him a natural people's poet."
- Boston Herald
" A poet of plenitude, irony, and Augustan grace."
- The New Yorker
" A sort of poet not seen since Robert Frost."
- The Boston Globe

" Collins reveals the unexpected within the ordinary. He peels back the surface of the humdrum to make the moment new."
- The Christian Science Monitor
" It is difficult not to be charmed by Collins, and that in itself is a remarkable literary accomplishment."
- The New York Review of Books

"From the Hardcover edition."

Praise for Billy Collins

"Using simple, understandable language, Collins captures ordinary life-its pleasure, its discontents, its moments of sadness and of joy.""
-"USA Today

"At once accessible and profound, [Collins's] work makes him a natural people's poet."
-Boston Herald

"A poet of plenitude, irony, and Augustan grace."
-The New Yorker

"A sort of poet not seen since Robert Frost."
-The Boston Globe


"Collins reveals the unexpected within the ordinary. He peels back the surface of the humdrum to make the moment new."
-The Christian Science Monitor

"It is difficult not to be charmed by Collins, and that in itself is a remarkable literary accomplishment."
-The New York Review of Books


"From the Hardcover edition."

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An invitation to rethink everything you thought you knew from US poet laureate, Billy Collins --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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New to Billy. He is brilliant to say the least. Finds complicity between the mundane and obscure. Can be very funny. Always intuitive . Fun to read. No trouble with his. Not sure about the cover : but that's poetry for you.
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Billy Collins America's most popular living poet is not well known in Britain. If you like reading poetry you will enjoy this Master. If you are not interested in poetry Billy Collins will engage and convert you.
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I really love this book. The cover image is evocative and the contents do not disappoint. The poems of Billy Collins in the book are often based on the daily life and sometimes about the process of writing. They have a delicate magic.
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This collection by Collins is witty, benevolent and humanitarian. Collins writes about daily matters and big questions in a profound and original way.
I love these verses from "The Lanyard"in which Collins depicts the relation of a boy with his mother:

"Here are thousands of meals, she said,
and here is clothing and a good education.
And here is your lanyard, I replied,
which I made with a little help from a counselor.

Here is a breathing body and a beating heart,
strong legs, bones and teeth,
and two clear eyes to read the world, she whispered,
and here, I said, is the lanyard I made at camp..."

Brilliant poems worth reading.

Joyce Akesson, author of Love's Thrilling Dimensions
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