Nine Horses

Nine Horses

by Billy Collins


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Nine Horses by Billy Collins

In Nine Horses, Billy Collins, America’s Poet Laureate for 2001–2003, continues his delicate negotiation between the clear and the mysterious, the comic and the elegiac. The poems in this collection reach dazzling heights while being firmly grounded in the everyday. Traveling by train, lying on a beach, and listening to jazz on the radio are the seemingly ordinary activities whose hidden textures are revealed by Collins’s poetic eye. With clarity, precision, and enviable wit, Collins transforms those moments we too often take for granted into brilliant feats of creative imagination. Nine Horses is a poetry collection to savor and to share.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375755200
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/14/2003
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 547,226
Product dimensions: 5.18(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.32(d)

About the Author

Billy Collins is the author of six collections of poetry, including Sailing Alone Around the Room; Questions About Angels; The Art of Drowning; and Picnic, Lightning. He is a Distinguished Professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York. Collins is the Poet Laureate of the United States.

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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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Nine Horses 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
RevZak More than 1 year ago
So many people do not like poetry because they feel it is too distant and difficult. Metaphors are unclear, one thing means another, images aren't concrete. You've heard the complaints. Billy Collins transcends all that. He could be one of the most accessible poets I've read yet he is not literal nor is he condescending. Reading these poems is a pleasure. Rev.Zak
Guest More than 1 year ago
Billy Collins is the everyman's poet. Regardless of whether or not he'll be remembered a hundred years from now, and regardless of some people's opinion of the content of his verse, he is a good poet. He is one of the few who successfully use humor in his poems. His poems are easy to understand, but still have a literary backing to them. You don't have to have a doctorate in English to understand what he writes, but you can tell Collins is intelligent and well-read. You find yourself chuckling at some poems, and many times wishing you had come up with a phrase or an idea he uses. Read this collection (or his new and selected) and you'll understand why he has the popularity he does.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The sample had not one single sample of the poetry, just the first 11 pages of the book, BEFORE the content of the book started. Not amusing. I like this poet's work, and may buy this book anyway, but from a bricks and mortar store so I can ACTUALLY sample the content.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the best thing I have read in a long time! It moves me to write--my new muse!
SunnySD on LibraryThing 2 days ago
I picked up Nine Horses on a whim ( I liked the title, and the reviews here looked promising) and although it's not at all horse-related in the sense the title suggests, I enjoyed it very much. Collins' poems are lyric and accessible at the same time. He muses on every day matters -- 3 AM wakefulness, love and domesticity, or the simple act of watching the scenery click by on a train trip -- and makes them experiences worthy of remembering. I'm not usually a poetry reader, so this isn't a particularly literary review, but today I've been more watchful for the beauty in the everyday. I'll look for Collins' name in the future if a poetic mood strikes me, and I'm adding Nine Horses to my "books to purchase" list.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A solid collection sure to entertain. Odd note: curious lack of "jazz" poems, a subject Billy Collins has written about exuberantly in earlier collections. Could some editor at Random House have suggested their reduction?
Guest More than 1 year ago
The poetry in this book is absolutly awesome. The author is on his way to greatness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Some writings kinda week, but overall good book. Would really prefer more emotional poetry.