Picnic, Lightning

Picnic, Lightning

by Billy Collins

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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: 9780822991052
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 01/15/1998
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 104
Sales rank: 578,913
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Billy Collins, named U.S. Poet Laureate in June 2001 and reappointed to the post in 2002, has published many collections of poetry, including  The Apple That Astonished Paris; Nine Horses; The Art of Drowning; Picnic, Lightning; Questions about Angels; and Sailing Alone Around the Room. A professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York, he lives in Somers, New York.


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

Table of Contents

Contents A Portrait of the Reader with a Bowl of Cereal I Fishing on the Susquehanna in July To a Stranger Born in Some Distant Country Hundreds of Years from Now I Chop Some Parsley While Listening to Art Blakey’s Version of “Three Blind Mice” Afternoon with Irish Cows Marginalia What I Learned Today Journal Some Days Silence Picnic, Lightning II In the Room of a Thousand Miles Morning Bonsai Splitting Wood Shoveling Snow with Buddha I Go Back to the House for a Book After the Storm Snow Moon Looking West This Much I Do Remember Japan III Victoria’s Secret Musée des Beaux Arts Revisited Lines Composed Over Three Thousand Miles from Tintern Abbey Paradelle for Susan Duck/Rabbit Egypt Home Again Lines Lost Among Trees The Many Faces of Jazz Taking Off Emily Dickinson’s Clothes IV The Night House The Death of the Hat The List of Ancient Pastimes Passengers Serpentine Reincarnation and You Jazz and Nature And His Sextet Where I Live My Life Aristotle Acknowledgments About the Author

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