Read Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems Online Free - Sailing Alone Around the Room, by America’s Poet Laureate, Billy Collins, contains both new poems and a generous gathering from his earlier collections The Apple That Astonished Paris, Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, and Picnic, Lightning. These poems show Collins at his best, performing the kinds of distinctive poetic maneuvers that have delighted and fascinated so many readers. They may begin in curiosity and end in grief; they may start with irony and end with lyric transformation; they may, and often do, begin with the everyday and end in the infinite. Possessed of a unique voice that is at once plain and melodic, Billy Collins has managed to enrich American poetry while greatly widening the circle of its audience.
|Title||:||Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems|
|Number of Pages||:||192 pages|
September 30, 2016
Age vitam plenissime
Take a walk in the park
perhaps of an evening,
moonlight dancing lightly
through the swaying branches of the willow,
reflected off the water,
where the heron feeds,
Illuminating our path.
There is a slight breeze
a welcome silence
later we will have a fire
and listen to the music of t...
June 08, 2012
‘I want the scissors to be sharp
and the table perfectly level
when you cut me out of my life
and paste me in the book you always carry.’
Billy Collins, the American Poet Laureate from 2001-2003, is a poet whom you really always keep with you. The man is a pure shot of brilliance; his serene and seem...
February 18, 2010
I am a book addict. I own thousands of them. They fill most rooms of my house, many closets, my garage. They are stacked high by my bedside, on the hamper in the upstairs bathroom, in the backseat of my car. I take a book with me most places I go. I buy books all the time but I have gotten a litt...
May 03, 2012
I've already begun posting Billy Collins' poetry around my apartment.
In front of my bed:
On the refrigerator:
The book has inspired a couple poems.
After spending upward of a few hours
reading the poetry of Billy Collins,
his soft, monotone voice has begun
narrating my life.
When I walk to the bath...
July 09, 2016
A quick read, read in two days, yet I tried my best to rush it, because this was good. A collection of poems from earlier collections with new batch added at the end, this book has poems of various moods, some of which may appear in the same poem, changing the feeling at some point(s).
July 26, 2017
Walking Across the Atlantic
I wait for the holiday crowd to clear the beach
before stepping onto the first wave.
Soon I am walking across the Atlantic
thinking about Spain,
checking for whales, waterspouts.
I feel the water holding up my shifting weight.
Tonight I will sleep on its rocking surface.
June 19, 2012
I don’t think Billy gives a rat’s ass that I’m a philistine; that I’m unschooled in the appreciation of fine arts; that I can’t even fake knowing jack about poetry. He writes for guys like me, too. In fact, it might be kind of his thing. (My friend Scott, who does know poetry, commented just toda...
May 29, 2014
I know nothing about poetry. A bad experience in my first-year World Literature class sent me running screaming from the English Department. This doesn't mean I don't like poetry, just that I know little about it, or how to find good poetry.
But when I read s.penkevich's great review of Sailing Al...
January 10, 2015
last night my soul woke up
Thirsty, I call it
looking for something that I had
Missed, so I have named my memories
a memory came from the past
and led me forward
giving shore to my lost
soul,within the pages of...
Sailing Alone Around the Room
A couple of poems I drank then.
Savored another before breakfa...
April 16, 2017
The two-time poet laureate of the Untied States is perhaps on of the most readable poets today. He has a unique knack for taking the mundane and making it interesting. I have read several of his collections and have enjoyed them all.
"Bar Time" is an interesting reflection. Clocks in bars are set...