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Billy Collins has published six collections of poetry, including Questions About Angels and The Art of Drowning, Picnic, Lightning, his latest, sold more than 25,000 copies in its first year. He teaches at Lehman College of the City University of New York and at Sarah Lawrence College. He was named mostrar mais U.S. Poet Laureate in June 2000. (Bowker Author Biography) Billy Collins was born in New York City in 1941. He earned a BA from the College of the Holy Cross, and both an MA and PhD from the University of California-Riverside. Collins conducted summer poetry workshops at University College Galway and is the Poet in Residence at Burren College of Art in Ireland. He is also a professor of English at Lehman College (CUNY). In 1992, Collins was chosen to be the Literary Lion of the New York Public Library. He was named U.S. Poet Laureate in 2001 and held the title until 2003. Collins then served as Poet Laureate for the State of New York from 2004 until 2006. His poetry has appeared in anthologies, textbooks and periodicals including Poetry, The American Poetry Review, The American scholar, Harper's, The Paris Review and The New Yorker. He is the author of six books of poetry including "The Art of Drowning." His poems have also been selected to appear in The Best American Poetry of 1992, 1993 and 1997. His works have won various awards including the Bess Hokin Prize, the Frederick Bock Prize, the Oscar Blumenthal Prize and the Levinson Prize, all awarded by Poetry. He has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. His collection of poems entitled Aimless Love made numerous best-seller lists in 2013. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras de Billy Collins

Nine Horses: Poems (2002) 1,146 cópias
Picnic, Lightning (1998) 844 cópias
Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry (2003) — Editor — 773 cópias
Ballistics: Poems (2008) 648 cópias
Questions about Angels: Poems (1991) 616 cópias
The Art of Drowning (1995) 609 cópias
Horoscopes for the Dead: Poems (2011) 474 cópias
The Rain in Portugal: Poems (2016) 316 cópias
The Best American Poetry 2006 (2006) — Editor — 189 cópias
Whale Day and Other Poems (2020) 171 cópias

Associated Works

Trout Fishing in America (1967) — Introdução, algumas edições1,781 cópias
The Future Dictionary of America (2004) — Contribuinte — 628 cópias
Poetry Speaks to Children, Read & Hear [book & CD] (2005) — Guest, algumas edições610 cópias
Mortification: Writers' Stories of Their Public Shame (2003) — Contribuinte — 280 cópias
The Spoken Word Revolution: Slam, Hip Hop, and the Poetry of a New Generation (2003) — Introdução, algumas edições243 cópias
The Best American Poetry 2001 (2001) — Contribuinte — 223 cópias
The Best American Poetry 2000 (2000) — Contribuinte — 213 cópias
The Best American Poetry 1999 (1999) — Contribuinte — 208 cópias
The Art of Losing (2010) — Contribuinte — 203 cópias
The Best American Poetry 2004 (2004) — Contribuinte — 202 cópias
Teaching with Fire: Poetry That Sustains the Courage to Teach (2003) — Contribuinte — 202 cópias
The Best American Poetry 2003 (2003) — Contribuinte — 174 cópias
The Best American Poetry 1997 (1997) — Contribuinte — 167 cópias
The Best American Poetry 2007 (2007) — Contribuinte — 166 cópias
The Best American Poetry 1998 (1998) — Contribuinte — 161 cópias
The Best American Poetry 2009 (2009) — Contribuinte — 134 cópias
The Best American Poetry 1993 (1993) — Contribuinte — 129 cópias
The Best American Poetry 2010 (2010) — Contribuinte — 121 cópias
The Poets Laureate Anthology (2010) — Introdução — 113 cópias
Emergency Kit (1996) — Contribuinte, algumas edições109 cópias
The Best American Poetry 1992 (1992) — Contribuinte — 102 cópias
Leading From Within: Poetry That Sustains the Courage to Lead (2007) — Contribuinte — 102 cópias
The Best American Poetry 2017 (2017) — Contribuinte — 95 cópias
Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years (2013) — Introdução — 90 cópias
The Golden Age: Poems of the Spanish Renaissance (2006) — Introdução, algumas edições87 cópias
The Best American Poetry 2011 (2011) — Contribuinte — 86 cópias
The Spoken Word Revolution Redux (2007) — Contribuinte — 84 cópias
The Best American Poetry 2012 (2012) — Contribuinte — 84 cópias
The Best American Poetry 2013 (2013) — Contribuinte — 82 cópias
The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink (2012) — Contribuinte — 63 cópias
The Best American Poetry 2021 (2021) — Contribuinte — 48 cópias
The Best Spiritual Writing 2011 (2010) — Introdução — 38 cópias
Birds in the Hand: Fiction and Poetry about Birds (2004) — Contribuinte — 33 cópias
The Best Spiritual Writing 2012 (2011) — Contribuinte — 27 cópias
Of Leaf and Flower: Stories and Poems for Gardeners (2001) — Contribuinte — 11 cópias
Nausea 9, Fall 1975 — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)


Conhecimento Comum



A mostly enjoyable introduction for me to Billy Collins, one of our more popular contemporary poets. A lot of these poems are about taking a specific moment of his life and slowing things down, turning contemplative, taking it as a stepping off point to consider, well, Life and Mortality. Thus inviting the reader to do similarly, to take a moment away from busyness and distraction to think of more meaningful things. Which is something poetry is really useful for, though it has been shoved to the margins of culture, with most people worrying (not without some cause) that poetry is usually really difficult to understand! Collins seems to be trying to reach more of these potential readers without being utterly simplistic and trite either: striving for absolute clarity, eschewing innovation, using easy to follow visual lines, not using words like "eschewing", but also avoiding over earnestness and banality.

It's not a bad trick, though one downside is a lack of really memorable lines and passages, poetic phrasing that makes you think "wow". However there are images that stick out. These include a country mouse that steals a match and while running with it in its mouth behind the house's walls accidentally becomes
suddenly thrust ahead of his time -
now a fire-starter, now a torchbearer
in a forgotten ritual, little brown druid
illuminating some ancient night.
Another memorable image concerns James Whistler's famous painting of his mother, commonly called "Whistler's Mother", but insensitively titled "Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1" by Whistler himself:
but when I strolled along the riverbank,
after my museum tour,
I imagined how the woman's heart
could have broken
by being demoted from mother
to mere arrangement, a composition without color.
Collins also imagines the injustice if Botticelli had titled The Birth of Venus, "Composition in Blue, Ocher, Green, and Pink", or the absurdity of the reverse - Mark Rothko titling one of his "sandwiches of color", as Collins puts it, "Fishing Boats Leaving Falmouth Harbor at Dawn." Funny stuff!
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lelandleslie | outras 13 resenhas | Feb 24, 2024 |
[[Billy Collins]] is the laureate of the everyday, capturing the lyrical nature of small moments. Some of the entries in this collection even cross into meta territory, poetry about poetry, or about a single poem. In any event, he is a one of a kind. There is no obfuscation, no riddles, no deeply inside jokes or references, as is so common of the poets of today who substitute the unknowable, untranslatable, or enigmatic for art. Each of the poems is clear in meaning without losing any lyrical mysticism. Why must modern poets purposely hide any meaning behind language or cute structure.

Highly Recommended!!!!!
5 bones!!!!!
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blackdogbooks | outras 29 resenhas | Feb 11, 2024 |
Billy Collins is a great introduction to contemporary poetry. He uses plain language and simple straightforward structure that treats a first-time poetry reader nicely. It’s good training for the reader unaccustomed to how poetry communicates, transmitting some of the same rhetorical complexities of most poetry in a sleek, unimposing form. Collins’ writing is witty and often serene. And now and again he somehow ends up being profound. I find myself returning to him when my mind wants a lazy Sunday stroll.

Since my first reading, I have heard some complaints about how Collins treats certain subjects. Only one of his poems comes to mind, one where he objectifies a woman/women in an image that works toward the greater point of the poem. Not all objectification is pornographic. It is often emotional or intellectual but objectification all the same. So I understand that some of these criticisms are warranted.
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Aidan767 | outras 27 resenhas | Feb 1, 2024 |
Used Books is a new favorite of mine.
The book of small poems is impactful, and at times incredibly humorous. There were poems in here that made me chuckle, others that cause an intake of breath and realization, and yet some still that I relate to profoundly. Billy Collins proves that he is always one to come back to.
lindywilson | outras 6 resenhas | Jan 3, 2024 |



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