Read The Trouble With Poetry - And Other Poems Online Free - Playfulness, spare elegance, and wit epitomize the poetry of Billy Collins.""With his distinct voice and accessible language, America's two-term Poet Laureate has opened the door to poetry for countless people for whom it might otherwise remain closed.
Like the present book's title, Collins's poems are filled with mischief, humor, and irony, "Poetry speaks to all people, it is said, but here I would like to address / only those in my own time zone"-but also with quiet observation, intense wonder, and a reverence for the everyday: "The birds are in their trees, / the toast is in the toaster, / and the poets are at their windows. / They are at their windows in every section of the tangerine of earth-the Chinese poets looking up at the moon, / the American poets gazing out / at the pink and blue ribbons of sunrise."
Through simple language, Collins shows that good poetry doesn't have to be obscure or incomprehensible, qualities that are perhaps the real trouble with most "serious" poetry: "By now, it should go without saying / that what the oven is to the baker / and the berry-stained blouse to the drycleaner / so the window is to the poet."
In this dazzling new collection, his first in three years, Collins explores boyhood, jazz, love, the passage of time, and, of course, writing-themes familiar to Collins's fans but made new here. Gorgeous, funny, and deeply empathetic, Billy Collins's poetry is a window through which we see our lives as if for the first time. "From the Hardcover edition."
|Title||:||The Trouble With Poetry - And Other Poems|
|Number of Pages||:||101 pages|
January 23, 2010
The trouble with poetry is that I usually don't get it. Chickens in the rain and all that. I have even less of an ear for it. But actually, I do like the chickens in the rain stuff, as long as it is not too long.
I like Collins for three reasons:
His tastes are like mine. He likes the same things I...
September 18, 2015
This was the second book, along with Guy Gavriel Kay's River of Stars, that I bought myself with a birthday gift certificate from my lovely friend Nele. I have only read one other collection of Billy Collins poetry, but it struck me so much that I needed to own it. I mean, needed to own it, with...
July 22, 2012
Collins excels because he's readable and reassuring, yet often surprising. I read this right before I go to bed - it's that kind of book. Accessibility with the option to think about it as much as I have the energy for. I wish he would write in different styles - everything starts out with someth...
October 07, 2014
I don't generally like poetry.
Oh, perhaps a little Robert Frost,
and some say parts of the Bible are poetry
and I like the Bible.
But, other than that, bleah!
So my daughter-in-law, Shannon,
hoping to retrieve me
from the land of poetry illiterates,
loaned me her book of Billy Collins poems.
"If you don'...
May 14, 2012
After being disgusted by Ballistics, I didn't figure I'd ever pick up Billy again. But I found his poems multiple times in anthologies, and liked them. I was surprised to realize they were his, because they were so good. And so I found another book hoping I'd like him. I don't. Those poems I like...
November 25, 2008
This might be my favorite of his books. I haven't read all of them, but I have read most. It's the only one I can recall where he comes across, at times, as vulnerable or forlorn. He's always a master technician of the line, but also of this delicate, light-as-air tone. In this collection, there...
September 16, 2007
The trouble with Billy Collins is he has one formula for a poem which he works over and over.
March 29, 2017
I am not a reader of poetry. And frankly, I am not usually a like-er of poetry (save a few that I have grown to love.) To me reading poetry was like eating a plate of beets--which makes me gag. However, Billy Collins' poetry is not beat level. He is definitely more of a donut that I was able to s...
October 18, 2017
I wish I could write like him! This poetry collection is just…is just…well…sublime! I want to produce something as funny, witty and entertaining!
December 17, 2008
I want to carry you
and for you to carry me
the way voices are said to carry over water.
It has been calculated that each copy of the
Gutenberg Bible required the skins of 300 sheep.
I can see them squeezed into the holding pen
behind the stone building
where the printi...