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Sailing Alone Around the Room New and Selected Poems 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

  • Title: Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems
  • Author: Billy Collins
  • ISBN: 9780375755194
  • Page: 116
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems By Billy Collins, 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 fascinaSailing 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.

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    1. Age vitam plenissimeTake a walk in the parkperhaps of an evening,moonlight dancing lightlythrough the swaying branches of the willow,reflected off the water,where the heron feeds,Illuminating our path.There is a slight breezea welcome silencelater we will have a fireand listen to the music of the night.I am humbled to remember that poetry is after all everywhere It envelopes us It is in the words we read and those we speak to each other It is in the very air I breathe, deep and slow I love poetr [...]

    2. I want the scissors to be sharpand the table perfectly levelwhen you cut me out of my lifeand 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 seemingly effortless prose will seduce your intellect and make sweet, playful love to your soul This particular collection serves as an early best of and would make a perfect introduction to Collins If you have [...]

    3. 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 little less self indulgent in my buying habits I almost never buy hardback and I never ever buy full price Probably the next lesson I should learn in my book buying habits is never buy while partially or fully in [...]

    4. 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.VoiceAfter spending upward of a few hoursreading the poetry of Billy Collins,his soft, monotone voice has begunnarrating my life.When I walk to the bathroom,his voice murmurs behind the splash in the toilet I think of how many times I ve risento use the bathroom and how thenoise of urine hitting the bowl of watersounds like a strange symphony of busyvoic [...]

    5. 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.There s many with everyday life feel in them, yet some go beyond and turn things around deliciously They re often funny too I didn t find anything too heavy within.The author doesn t write his poems too heavily laden [...]

    6. Walking Across the AtlanticI wait for the holiday crowd to clear the beachbefore stepping onto the first wave.Soon I am walking across the Atlanticthinking about Spain,checking for whales, waterspouts.I feel the water holding up my shifting weight.Tonight I will sleep on its rocking surface.But for now I try to imagine whatthis must look like to the fish below,the bottoms of my feet appearing, disappearing.Collins in 2015Billy Collins was born in Manhattan in 1941, received a BA degree from Holy [...]

    7. 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 today that Collins has a reputation for being less serious Evidently, the hegemons of verse took exception when he was named Poet Laureate and called for their own choice But he won me over on the very first page [...]

    8. 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 snkevich s great review of Sailing Alone Around the Room, the poems he posted as part of that caught my attention right away, and I ordered the book from the library.Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in policy an [...]

    9. last night my soul woke upThirsty, I call itlooking for something that I hadMissed, so I have named my memoriesa memory came from the pastand led me forwardgiving shore to my lost soul,within the pages ofSailing Alone Around the RoomA couple of poems I drank then.Savored another before breakfast.One awaits me once I am done with this review.Meanwhile, for better use of words.Please relish this.Winter SyntaxA sentence starts out like a lone travelerheading into a blizzard at midnight,tilting into [...]

    10. 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 fifteen minutes ahead of the current time to prevent violating the law of serving after hours Collins take a different view of the time difference He sees the bar as a time machine putting him fifteen minutes [...]

    11. I walk through the house reciting it and leave its letters falling through the air of every room Whenever I read Billy Collins poems, I want to hand them out to people nearby, as if they are small gifts, from him to all of us They so perfectly exist within their words that they seem almost self formed, and Billy Collins is merely their handler who has unwrapped them or undressed them and showed us their essence ForgetfulnessThe name of the author is the first to gofollowed obediently by the titl [...]

    12. I have heard the poet Billy Collins read his own work frequently enough that when I read his poems now, I hear them in his voice This collection takes some poems from previous collections some I had read already, and one I had read the same day from a collection of various poets The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy and sprinkles in a few new poems I was surprised by how many of the poems were about the writing and teaching of poetry itself, but perhaps that is an indication of where [...]

    13. 31 dicembre 2016, a letto con 38 di febbre, bevendo un brodino caldo in compagnia di Billy CollinsBilly Collins, americano, un poeta che divide amato dalla gente, anche da chi non frequenta assiduamente la poesia, ma giudicato dalla critica accademica un poeta banale, irrispettoso della tradizione, leggero, privo di spessore.Io l ho scoperto grazie alle recensioni di due amici anobiani e mi ha sorpreso semplice, coinvolgente, fresco.A me piaciuta tanto questa COMPIENDO DIECI ANNIL idea stessa mi [...]

    14. This is one the best books I have ever read Almost every poem in this collection is wonderful A book I would want to read again and again This might not be the best poem from this collection but it has that ability to persist in my memory which is not very good with poetry.Introduction to PoetryI ask them to take a poemand hold it up to the lightlike a color slideor press an ear against its hive.I say drop a mouse into a poemand watch him probe his way out,or walk inside the poem s roomand feel [...]

    15. I just really enjoy Billy Collins dry wit and way with words But here is my favorite Billy Collins poem not, alas, included in this book, but it will give you a nice taste of his work e lanyardThe other day as I was ricocheting slowlyoff the blue walls of this room bouncing from typewriter to piano from bookshelf to an envelope lying on the floor, I found myself in the L section of the dictionary where my eyes fell upon the word, Lanyard No cookie nibbled by a French novelist could send one sud [...]

    16. I gave this book three separate sittings and though I did enjoy reading it, I could not shake the feeling that Collins is a bit too straightforward I understand his widespread appeal he makes poetry manageable, accessible, easy but I think he does so at some expense Critics quoted in the front of the book described his irresistable charm but I think that a great deal of that charm is not so much the sublimeness of his poems, but the fact that nearly every person on earth secretly, deep down want [...]

    17. the lanyard The other day as I was ricocheting slowly off the blue walls of this room bouncing from typewriter to piano from bookshelf to an envelope lying on the floor, I found myself in the L section of the dictionary where my eyes fell upon the word, Lanyard No cookie nibbled by a French novelist could send one suddenly into the past A past where I sat at a workbench at a camp by a deep Adirondack lake learning how to braid thin plastic strips into a lanyard A gift for my mother I had never [...]

    18. I am wondering what became of all those tall abstractionsthat used to pose, robed and statuesque, in paintingsand parade about on the pages of the Renaissancedisplaying their capital letters like license plates from The Death of Allegory Billy Collins is the master jazz flute player of poetry His touch is so exquisitely light, his sound so modest and calm, that you can miss the depth of what he s doing.My friend Adam Fites sent this collection to me for Christmas I had read Nine Horses in Decemb [...]

    19. The book is a gift that keeps on giving Billy Collins observations and musings sound like they come from Dumbledore, complete with the twinkle in his eye I read these aloud, by the way, the rhythms make it impossible not to.

    20. My philosophically minded friends and I have a debate about Billy Collins poetry They insist that the attempt to chronicle the everyday in a meaningful way can be done in a deeper, profound manner They find Collins lacking in this way This is probably true, but not Collins main point, I think.Still, I think, after rereading this book, that Collins becomes profound with time I am still unsure if this is my projection into the poem because I want these poems to be profound or not Nonetheless, I [...]

    21. Billy Collins is the perfect poet for people who don t really care for poetry He writes little stories in free verse that are accessible and often very funny This is a collection of, as the title says, new and old poems Some of my favorites are Marginalia where the poet ponders the kinship he feels with people who write in the margin of books Another Reason Why I Don t Keep a Gun in the House where the poet struggles with his ire at the neighbor s barking dog, and Passengers, his observation tha [...]

    22. I have to say that I glaze over at most poetry I always feel that I need to tie the poem to a chair with rope and torture a confession out of it But perhaps this book helped me walk inside the poem s room and feel the walls for a light switch Although I ll still do that with the hose for beating behind my back.

    23. After reading two collections of Collins s poetry prior to this, I thought I had read the best poems This collection showed me that I was wrong, not only by being even better than the collections I d read, but also by being the cleverest, wittiest and sublimest poetry collection ever The poems within cover a wide range of themes with numerous poetic forms, genres, styles and concepts employed Truly amazing and worth a read Highly recommended to each and every poetry enthusiasts.

    24. Amazing Billy Collins s poetry is such a delight to read His style is almost irreverent you can tell that he doesn t take himself too seriously I don t usually read volumes of poetry straight through, but this one was an exception.

    25. I was just going through old books to donate and came across this I thought, Oh, this turd s definitely getting itself donated I remembered Collins as being proudly dull, writing almost exclusively about writing poems, and trying to trick you into thinking that every rudimentary action was a profound moment As I flipped through the soon to be donated book, hoping to find a lost hundred, a girl s phone number, or something as good forgotten as the poetry was bad forgotten, I found a series of not [...]

    26. The History Teacher Trying to protect his students innocencehe told them the Ice Age was really justthe Chilly Age, a period of a million yearswhen everyone had to wear sweaters.And the Stone Age became the Gravel Age,named after the long driveways of the time.The Spanish Inquisition was nothing than an outbreak of questions such as How far is it from here to Madrid What do you call the matador s hat The War of the Roses took place in a garden,and the Enola Gay dropped one tiny atomon Japan.The [...]

    27. I don t like poetry I mean, I like this poem, and that poem The Lady of Shalott, The Raven, you know, sort of the usual suspects of poetry But I never actively seek out poetry I don t like to curl up with a good book of poems on a rainy day I don t get a lot of it, and I m irritated by many of the modern poets But my sister, who is an English teacher, introduced me to Billy Collins poetry a few years ago, and I was hooked Funny, deceptively simple, and yet tender and insightful at the same time [...]

    28. Sailing Alone Around the Room was recommended to me by a big fan of Billy Collins work, particularly the poem On Turning Ten As usual when it comes to poetry, I had high hopes.And this collection didn t exactly disappoint me, but it certainly didn t wow me, either It was just average I found a couple of poems I liked, but for the most part, I once again found that the poems in this book were really only written by the author, for the author and no other audience Which is fine, but I found them b [...]

    29. I love Billy Collins poems I know he is lauded as being accessible He is Mostly though he is clever and downright hilarious at times As all good poets he twists words and ideas just enough to make you see the world differently His writing is warm and his subjects are often everyday thoughts and ideas nothing esoteric here Collins poetry makes me want to read poetry and not just his.Highlights are numerous in this collection, but include Plight of the TroubadourWinter SyntaxIntroduction to Poet [...]

    30. Not all poetry has to be heavy and dark and stormy and stressful It can be light and boyant and playful and inventive, too Critics get down on Silly Billy for his apparent friviolity, which is really only in surface and style.He s pretty mad, bad, and dangerous to know if you take another look He has this gracefulness with language and pacing and statement, it really is limpid, like Updike says on the back Unpretentious and consistenly lovely and self deprecating while tackling real meaty issues [...]

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