Horoscopes for the Dead

Horoscopes for the Dead

by Billy Collins


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Billy Collins is widely acknowledged as a prominent player at the table of modern American poetry. And in this smart, lyrical, and mischievous collection of poetry, which covers the everlasting themes of love and loss, youth and aging, solitude and union, Collins’s verbal gifts are on full display.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812975628
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/20/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 489,875
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Billy Collins is the author of nine collections of poetry and the editor of Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry, 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day, and Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems about Birds. He was Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003 and Poet Laureate of New York State from 2004 to 2006.


Somers, New York

Date of Birth:

March 22, 1941

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


B.A., Holy Cross College, 1963; Ph.D. in Romantic poetry, University of California at Riverside, 1971

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Horoscopes for the Dead 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't finished this book--that is a compliment. It is beside my usual chair, waiting to give me a treat--a moment's reflection once or twice a day. It is to be relished--not devoured. DV
Lioness397 More than 1 year ago
The poetry was long, almost rambling, yet I could not stop reading. I enjoyed this very much and would recommend it to my friends.
rmckeown on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Whenever a new collection of poetry by Billy Collins appears, I drop everything on my TBR list and read. I have already been through this volume three times, and I absolutely love nearly very poem in it.I met Mr. Collins last year in Louisville, KY, and had him sign a paperback copy of the collection, Picnic, Lightening, which has my favorite Collins poem in it, ¿Shoveling Snow with the Buddha.¿ As I have written before, if I can ever write a poem that someone who knows says, ¿It reminds me of Billy Collins,¿ I will consider myself a poet.About 20 poems are starred, and it was quite a struggle to emerge with one to reproduce here, but I did it. ¿Two Creatures¿ represents everything I love about poetry, everything I love about Billy Collins, and everything I aspire to in my own work:"The last time I looked, the dog was lyingon the freshly cut grassbut now she has moved under the picnic table.I wonder what causes her to shiftfrom one place to another,to get up for no apparent reason from her spotby the stove, scratch one ear,then relocate, slumping downon the other side of the room by the big window,or I will see her hop onto the couch to napthen later find her downon the Turkish carpet, her nose in the fringe.The moon rolls across the night skyand stops to peer down on the earth,and the dog rolls through these roomsand onto the lawn, pausing here and thereto sleep or to stare up at me, head in her paws,to consider the scentless pen in my handor the open book on my lap.And because her eyes always follow me,she must wonder, too, whyI shift from place to place,from the couch to the sinkor the pencil sharpener on the wall ¿two creatures bound by the wondermentthough unlike her, I have never once worriedafter letting her out the back doorthat she would take off in the carand leave me to diebehind the solid locked doors of this house." (53-54)No comment necessary. If you read this and don¿t get it, I am sorry. Keep trying. Perhaps one day, it will settle into your mind, and you will know. 5 stars.--Jim, 5/1/11
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