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  • Title: The Trouble with Poetry: And Other Poems
  • Author: Billy Collins
  • ISBN: 9780375503825
  • Page: 292
  • Format: Hardcover

  • 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, itPlayfulness, 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.
    Billy Collins
    William A Billy Collins is an American poet He served two terms as the Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003 In his home state, Collins has been recognized as a Literary Lion of the New York Public Library 1992 and selected as the New York State Poet for 2004.


    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). Turns out, this collection is almost a teenager--12 years old, copyright in 2005. Meaning? If the wheels were getting wobbly, it started much sooner than the "it is popular to state" folks admit. There's a B [...]

    Clif Brittain
    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 do, dislikes the same things. So when he writes about the joy of hearing the Swan Silvertones, I have been there and enjoy that. He writes about some of life's perfect little moments that I've forgotten [...]

    Megan Baxter
    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 a deep and abiding desire to have it always around so I could flip through the pages and find favourite poems whenever I wanted.Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in pol [...]

    I don't generally like poetry.Oh, perhaps a little Robert Frost,and some say parts of the Bible are poetryand I like the Bible.But, other than that, bleah!So my daughter-in-law, Shannon,hoping to retrieve mefrom the land of poetry illiterates,loaned me her book of Billy Collins poems."If you don't like these,"she suggested darkly,"there is no hope for you."So I read Collins' poems,or is it the poems of Collins?Well, no matter, I read them.And what did I find?Not poetry,but philosophic prose brok [...]

    Shawn Sorensen
    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 something like "I was sitting in my living room peeling a pear and staring out the window". Everything in first person ultra-conversational. He can get a little too playful at times, but rarely is he smug. He' [...]

    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!

    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 liked were earlier, much earlier, from the nineties. Everything I've found more recent is worse. So unless I find his very first book of poems, I won't seek out any more Billy. I should note what I don't lik [...]

    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 is sorrow, even a man contemplating his own mortality. That all really appealed to me. It takes him off the poetry pedestal and places him square in the ranks with the rest of us sincere-hearted fumblers [...]

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

    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 snag on a lucky morning. I love his rhythm, I love that it doesn't rhyme but you still feel the ebbs band flows of his words in sync with each other. I marked several pages of this book: "Breathless", "Th [...]

    Favorite lines:From "Carry"I want to carry youand for you to carry methe way voices are said to carry over water."Flock"It has been calculated that each copy of theGutenberg Bible required the skins of 300 sheep.I can see them squeezed into the holding penbehind the stone buildingwhere the printing press is housed,all of them squirming aroundto find a little roomand looking so much alikeit would be nearly impossible to count them,and there is no tellingwhich one will carry the newsthat the Lord [...]

    I really liked this poet!It was a lot like reading a modern Robert Frost (and I think that is a great compliment).I like that this collection seemed to highlight the creative process throughout.Favorites:Drawing ClassI Ask YouSpecial GlassesThe Lanyard (a must read for mothers who feel unappreciated)

    Collins has a way of capturing moments of wonder in verse that is graceful and lovely without calling attention to itself as difficult, the way so much poetry does. The moment can't be held; it passes through us, and these poems do also, but they leave me with the sensation of the writer living life well, living life alert to beauty and story in myriad ordinary moments.

    THE TROUBLE WITH POETRY IS BILLY COLLINS!I'd rather drink battery acid!WITH LEMON MIND YOU!No sense drinking battery acid without lemon!CAConradCAConrad

    James Murphy
    The cover of this book is a whimsical painting of a bear, almost a cartoon rendering of a bear. It points to the playfulness beneath the cover. One thing so appealing about Billy Collins is that he gives us serious poetry which he seems to not take seriously at all. There's plenty of frolicsome exuberance here and in his poetry as a whole. But unstated in his style is the understanding that he chooses to look at ideas with an impish eye, and also that one may come away from his verse thinking hi [...]

    I don't think Billy Collins is the absolute best poet, but he is hands down my personal favorite. I loved this collection, just as I always love his collections, and some of the highlights here were "Bereft," "The Introduction," "Flock," "You, Reader," and "The Drawing Class." "The Lanyard," which happens to be one of my all-time favorite poems, is also in this volume; I first heard Collins read it several years ago on "A Prairie Home Companion," and it totally cracked me up. He's just the great [...]

    A surprise "just because" gift from my friend Nathan, I read this book tonight in one sitting. I wanted to get out of the house, but no one was available, so I cracked the cover planning to read just one poem and ended up finishing the collection. Although graduate school has made me wonder if I will ever truly "read for pleasure" again (without a pen and a pencil and a higlighter and a straightedge in hand), Collins once again proved his poems are like butter cookies-- sweet, delicious and befo [...]

    This is the first I have read Billy Collins and I am glad to have come across him at this point. His verse is clear, concise and accessible. I don't know how appreciated he may be by younger readers, but he certainly appeals to my 40 something sensibility.

    Anna W.
    I read probably 3/4ths of this. I liked several of the poems and reallllly liked The Lanyard and The Revenant. Very hard hitting but in very different ways. I couldn't be more vague.

    Billy Collins is a very popular poet, mostly because his poems are clear and (a term he dislikes) accessible--in his introduction to a different book of poems, he remarks that a poem should at least have a clear starting place, otherwise it has nowhere to go; if it doesn't begin in lucidity it can't advance to the mysterious. I agree. There is a wonderful anthology of Bad Poetry titled The Stuffed Owl, which came out in 1930 and has been recently reprinted with a new introduction by Collins. He [...]

    A gentle reminder to keep looking out the window.A go-to book of poems perfect to read and re-read.Appreciating a gentle humor and perfectly chosen words.Two favorites: 'Special Glasses' and 'The Lanyard'

    Blake Charlton
    collins makes me want to to break into the poems of others with a flashlight and a ski mask.

    This book might be one of my favorites this year. Some of the poems pierced right through me.

    Several real classics in here. “The Lanyard" blew me away! A bit self-referential and knowingly clever for my tastes in the front half, but got steadily better. I look forward to reading more of him.

    Ray Zimmerman
    The book is a great read. This was my second time reading it, which is a testimony in itself. I particularly enjoyed, "The Lanyard," "The Trouble with Poetry," and "The Revenant." I recall him reading at Covenant College, which was a remarkable experience. Collins had made a tremendous effort to popularize poetry, not only his own, but poetry in general, particularly during his tenure as Poet Laureate of the United States. His poems have power but are also written in a highly readable and unders [...]

    Collins has a clear, strong, calm, voice. His poems have a dash of Frost, a dollop of Buddhist calm, and enough postmodern acknowledgement of the absurdity of being a poet in the 21st century to keep things interesting.

    Laura (Book Scrounger)
    I've enjoyed Billy Collins' poetry ever since I was introduced to it in college. I like how accessible it is and I generally don't read it with this feeling like he's dangling a carrot in front of me that I have to keep reaching for and never quite "get," like I do with some other poets. That's not to say I instantly understand all of his poems -- and there are a few that seem a bit strange or oddly resolved -- but for the most part I get quite a bit from it without any agony.I appreciate his wr [...]

    [image error](Am I allowed to start with a picture of an arm wrestling movie - Over the Top - to review a book of poetry? This may be breaking all the rules.)Holy camoly. What did I just read? I laughed! I cried!No, really. I truly laughed and truly cried.I'm terrible at reading poetry, and I think I know why. I don't want to be wrong. It's the same reason that I'm both great and terrible at games like Trivial Pursuit. I have loads of useless knowledge floating around, but I don't dare drag it o [...]

    Courtney Johnston
    The more poetry I read, the more simple I find Billy Collins. And then once he detects me finding him simple, he gives he a little lovetap to bring me back in line. The title poem:The trouble with poetry, I realizedas I walked along a beach one night -cold Florida sand under my bare feet,a show of stars in the sky -the trouble with poetry isthat it encourages the writing of more poetry,more guppies crowding the fish tank,more baby rabbitshopping out of their mothers into the dewy grass.And how w [...]

    Ashlee Draper Galyean
    "I closed my eyes and though / about the alphabet, / the letters filing out of the halls of kindergarten / to become literature.""d these three candles / each a different height, singing in perfect harmony. So forgive me / if I lower my head and listen / to the short bass candle as he takes a solo"It's hard to rate a collection of work as I loved some, appreciated others, and cared little for a few as well. And I also don't normally read collections straight through as I know they weren't writte [...]

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