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Ballistics

Poems
Collins, Billy (Book - 2008)
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A Billy Collins poem is instantly recognizable. "Using simple, understandable language," notes USA Today , the two-term U.S. Poet Laureate "captures ordinary life-its pleasure, its discontents, its moments of sadness and of joy." His everyman approach to writing resonates with readers everywhere and generates fans who would otherwise never give a poem a second glance. Now, in this stunning new collection, Collins touches on a greater array of subjects-love, death, solitude, youth, and aging-delving deeper than ever before. Ballistics comes at the reader full force with moving and playful takes on life. Drawing inspiration from the world around him and from such poetic forebears as Robert Frost, Paul Valéry, and eleventh-century poet Liu Yung, Collins drolly captures the essence of an ordinary afternoon: All I do these drawn-out days is sit in my kitchen at Pheasant Ridge where there are no pheasants to be seen and, last time I looked, no ridge. Collins reflects on his solitude: If I lived across the street from myself and I was sitting in the dark on the edge of the bed at five o'clock in the morning, I might be wondering what the light was doing on in my study at this hour. And he meditates on the effects of love: It turns everything into a symbol like a storm that breaks loose in the final chapter of a long novel. And it may add sparkle to a morning, or deepen a night when the bed is ringed with fire. As Collins strives to find truth in the smallest detail, readers are given a fascinating, intimate glimpse into the heart and soul of a brilliantly thoughtful man and exemplary poet.
Authors: Collins, Billy
Title: Ballistics
poems
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xiii, 112 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Billy Collins
Contents: Brightly colored boats upturned on the banks of the Charles
Searching
High
The four-moon planet
Evasive maneuvers
August
The poems of others
Aubade
No things
The first night
January in Paris
Ballistics
Pornography
Greek and Roman statuary
Quiet
Scenes of hell
Hippos on holiday
Carpe diem
Lost
Dublin
New Year's Day
The day Lassie died
Tension
The golden years
Vermont, early November
The effort
The lamps unlit
China
Looking forward
(detail)
Le Chien
Addendum
On the death of a next-door neighbor
Separation
Adage
The flight of the statues
Passivity
Ornithography
Baby listening
Bathtub families
Despair
The idea of natural history at Key West
The fish
A dog on his master
The great American poem
What love does
Divorce
Liu Yung
This little piggy went to market
Old man eating alone in a Chinese restaurant
The breather
Oh, my God!
The mortal coil
The future
Envoy
ISBN: 1400064910
9781400064915
Branch Call Number: 811.5 C712ba 2008
Genre/Form: Poetry
LCCN: 2008008173
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