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Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems - Billy Collins
Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems
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From the two-term Poet Laureate of the United States Billy Collins comes his first compilation of new and selected poems in twelve years. Aimless Love combines more than fifty new poems with selections from four previous books—Nine Horses, The Trouble with Poetry, Ballistics, and Horoscopes for... show more
From the two-term Poet Laureate of the United States Billy Collins comes his first compilation of new and selected poems in twelve years. Aimless Love combines more than fifty new poems with selections from four previous books—Nine Horses, The Trouble with Poetry, Ballistics, and Horoscopes for the Dead. Collins’s unmistakable voice, which brings together plain speech with imaginative surprise, is clearly heard on every page, reminding us how he has managed to enrich the tapestry of contemporary poetry and greatly expand its audience. His work is featured in top literary magazines such as The New Yorker, Poetry, and The Atlantic, and he is a strong draw at reading venues across the country. Appearing regularly in The Best American Poetry series, his poems appeal to readers and live audiences far and wide and have been translated into more than a dozen languages. By turns playful, ironic, and serious, Collins’s poetry captures the nuances of everyday life while leading the reader into zones of inspired wonder. In the poet’s own words, he hopes that his poems “begin in Kansas and end in Oz.” Touching on the themes of love, loss, joy, and poetry itself, these poems showcase the best work of this “poet of plenitude, irony, and Augustan grace” (The New Yorker).Envoy   Go, little book, out of this house and into the world,   carriage made of paper rolling toward town bearing a single passenger beyond the reach of this jittery pen and far from the desk and the nosy gooseneck lamp.   It is time to decamp, put on a jacket and venture outside, time to be regarded by other eyes, bound to be held in foreign hands.   So off you go, infants of the brain, with a wave and some bits of fatherly advice:   stay out as late as you like, don’t bother to call or write, and talk to as many strangers as you can.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780679644057 (0679644059)
Publisher: Random House, Inc.
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
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Tea, Cats, and Books
Tea, Cats, and Books rated it
4.5 Poetry for the Everyman
I don't often read poetry. The last book of poetry I read was for a class, some three years ago now. I picked up Billy Collins' Aimless Love during a visit to Montana, rather unexpectedly. I'd been unsure about buying a copy since I would've only been doing so on the recommendation of someone I'v...
MarginMan
MarginMan rated it
4.0 Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems
I received a promotional copy through the First Reads program. So a tip of the hat to Alaina Waagner and the Random House Marketing team.I rate it a soft 4.It's a lot of poetry: 247 pages of it, even after excluding the gap pages between sections. There are four sections of selected poems, ranging i...
M.W. Gerard
M.W. Gerard rated it
5.0 Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems
Please read my full review here" http://mwgerard.com/accent-aimless-love-by-billy-collins/
Blah, Blah, Blah, Book Blog
Blah, Blah, Blah, Book Blog rated it
4.0 Aimless Love
I am not your typical poetry fan. My tastes usually tend toward Shel Silverstein or Dr. Seuss, but I can appreciate the occasional book of poems. I first picked up a book of Billy Collins’ poems at my sister-in-law’s house. I read most of the book during my visit, and I loved them all. I’m pretty su...
What I Happen to Be Reading At the Moment
What I Happen to Be Reading At the Moment rated it
3.0 Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems
1st book of poetry I read by Billy Collins, and some good general topics and accessible verse.
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