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Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems

Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems Author Billy Collins
ISBN-10 0812982673
ISBN-13 9780812982671
Year 2014-10-21
Pages 261
Language English
Publisher Random House
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERAmericas favorite poet The Wall Street JournalFrom the two term Poet Laureate of the United States Billy Collins comes his first volume of new and selected poems in twelve years Aimless Love combines fifty new poems with generous selections from his four most recent booksNine Horses The Trouble with Poetry Ballistics and Horoscopes for the Dead Collinss unmistakable voice which brings together plain speech with imaginative surprise is clearly heard on every page reminding us how he has managed to enrich the tapestry of contemporary poetry and greatly expand its audience His work is featured in top literary magazines such as The New Yorker Poetry and The Atlantic and he sells out reading venues all across the country Appearing regularly in The Best American Poetry series his poems appeal to readers and live audiences far and wide and have been translated into more than a dozen languages By turns playful ironic and serious Collinss poetry captures the nuances of everyday life while leading the reader into zones of inspired wonder In the poets own words he hopes that his poems begin in Kansas and end in Oz Touching on the themes of love loss joy and poetry itself these poems showcase the best work of this poet of plenitude irony and Augustan grace The New Yorker Envoy Go little book out of this house and into the world carriage made of paper rolling toward town bearing a single passenger beyond the reach of this jittery pen and far from the desk and the nosy gooseneck lamp It is time to decamp put on a jacket and venture outside time to be regarded by other eyes bound to be held in foreign hands So off you go infants of the brain with a wave and some bits of fatherly advice stay out as late as you like dont bother to call or write and talk to as many strangers as you can Praise for Aimless Love Billy Collins is able with precious few words to make me cry Or laugh out loud He is a remarkable artist To have such power in such an abbreviated form is deeply inspiring J J Abrams The New York Times Book Review His work is poignant straightforward usually funny and imaginative also nuanced and surprising It bears repeated reading and reading aloud The Plain Dealer Collins has earned almost rock star status He knows how to write layered subtly witty poems that anyone can understand and appreciateeven those who dont normally like poetry The Collins in these pages is distinctive evocative and knows how to make the genre fresh and relevant The Christian Science Monitor Collinss new poems contain everything you ve come to expect from a Billy Collins poem They stand solidly on even ground chiseled and unbreakable Their phrasing is elegant the humor is alive and the speaker continues to stroll at his own pace through the plainness of American life The Daily Beast Collinss poetry presents simple observations which create a shared experience between Collins and his readers while further revealing how he takes lifes everyday humdrum experiences and makes them vibrant The Times LeaderFrom the Hardcover edition

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