Picnic, Lightning

Picnic, Lightning

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by Billy Collins
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0822956705

ISBN-13: 9780822956709

Pub. Date: 01/29/1998

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

Winner of the 1999 Paterson Poetry Prize

Over the past decade, Billy Collins has emerged as the most beloved American poet since Robert Frost, garnering critical acclaim and broad popular appeal. Annie Proulx admits, "I have never before felt possessive about a poet, but I am fiercely glad that Billy Collins is ours." John Updike proclaims his poems "consistently

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Winner of the 1999 Paterson Poetry Prize

Over the past decade, Billy Collins has emerged as the most beloved American poet since Robert Frost, garnering critical acclaim and broad popular appeal. Annie Proulx admits, "I have never before felt possessive about a poet, but I am fiercely glad that Billy Collins is ours." John Updike proclaims his poems "consistently startling, more serious than they seem, they describe all the worlds that are and were and some others besides."

This special, limited edition celebrates Billy Collins's years as U.S. Poet Laureate. Picnic, Lightning—one of the books that helped establish and secure his reputation and popularity during the 1990s—combines humor and seriousness, wit and sublimity. His poems touch on a wide range of subjects, from jazz to death, from weather to sex, but share common ground where the mind and heart can meet. Whether reading him for the first time or the fiftieth, this collector's edition is a must-have for anyone interested in the poet the New York Times calls simply "the real thing."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822956709
Publisher:
University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date:
01/29/1998
Series:
Pitt Poetry Series
Pages:
104
Sales rank:
606,193
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

A Portrait of the Reader with a Bowl of Cereal3
I
Fishing on the Susquehanna in July7
To a Stranger Born in Some Distant Country Hundreds of Years from Now9
I Chop Some Parsley While Listening to Art Blakey's Version of "Three Blind Mice"10
Afternoon with Irish Cows12
Marginalia14
What I Learned Today17
Journal20
Some Days22
Silence23
Picnic, Lightning24
II
In the Room of a Thousand Miles29
Morning31
Bonsai32
Splitting Wood34
Shoveling Snow with Buddha37
I Go Back to the House for a Book39
After the Storm41
Snow44
Moon46
Looking West48
The Much I Do Remember49
Japan51
III
Victoria's Secret55
Musee des Beaux Art Revisited59
Lines Composed Over Three Thousand Miles from Tintern Abbey61
Paradelle for Susan64
Duck/Rabbit65
Egypt66
Home Again68
Lines Lost Among Trees70
The Many Faces of Jazz72
Taking Off Emily Dickinson's Clothes74
IV
The Night House79
The Death of the Hat81
The List of Ancient Pastimes83
Passengers85
Serpentine87
Reincarnation and You89
Jazz and Nature91
And His Sextet94
Where I Live96
My Life98
Aristotle100
Acknowledgments103

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Picnic, Lightning 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
yes, I thoroughly enjoyed this title, I recommend it, Billy Collins is a natural, a gifted writer, his insights are penetrating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago