The Trouble With Poetry - And Other Poems by Billy Collins

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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
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ISBN : 0375755217
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 101 pages


Ken rated it ★★★☆☆

November 10, 2017

It is popular to state that Billy Collins, the People's Poet (hmn, I wonder if he has a Court?), is in decline these days. What do I know, this is only the second collection of his I have read, though I have read plenty of his work via the Internet (the People's Poetry Journal, if you will). Turn...

Clif rated it ★★★★☆

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...

Megan rated it ★★★★☆

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...

John rated it ★★★☆☆

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'...

Shawn rated it ★★★☆☆

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...

Ashley rated it ★★★★★

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!

Sara rated it ★☆☆☆☆

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...

Emma rated it ★★★★★

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...

Allen rated it ★☆☆☆☆

September 16, 2007

The trouble with Billy Collins is he has one formula for a poem which he works over and over.

Kristina rated it ★★★★★

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...

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