Sailing Alone around the Room: New and Selected Poems

Sailing Alone around the Room: New and Selected Poems

by Billy Collins
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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 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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307431745
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/10/2011
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 473,144
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Billy Collins has published six collections of poetry, including Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, and Picnic, Lightning. He teaches at Lehman College of the City University of New York and at Sarah Lawrence College and was recently appointed named the U.S. Poet Laureate.


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Hometown:

Somers, New York

Date of Birth:

March 22, 1941

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Education:

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

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Sailing Alone around the Room: New and Selected Poems 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
SirJahUso More than 1 year ago
Billy Collins has truly mastered the art of the English Language. He somehow discovers a new and exciting way to masterfully describe in vivid detail the experiences many of us can only dream of having. What an amazing body of work. I especially loved "Advice to Writers", which gave me insight into how to become a better writer myself. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you, Mr. Collins for your insightful observations. You are the prime time example of what it means to be an everyman. I can't wait until the follow up of Ballistics!
CBellSG More than 1 year ago
Delving into Billy Collins' poetry is akin to sampling the treats at a sumptuous buffet. There is something for every taste, and each morsel provides a delightful moment - some humorous, some mellow, some insightful, others spicey and piquant. Like the master chef who makes boning a whole chicken while leaving it all intact, Collins makes it all look so easy. "Oh, I could have written this," you think. But you didn't. And when you try, you realize just how difficult good writing really is. I keep my copy of this book by my bed and when I need a little before-bed treat, I browse around the book and before I know it, it is well past midnight and my eyelids are heavy. But I am smiling as I turn out the light.
grace45 More than 1 year ago
if you love to laugh and marvel at beautiful insights into the everyday world, then you will love this book. billy's poetry is accessible and clever. you never find yourself wondering, "what is he talking about."
The_Artful_Podger More than 1 year ago
The comfortable, intelligent humor stays with you, the observations are accessible and thought provoking. Especially good when read aloud to/by friends -- even non-poetry types.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Love this one....I also found a couple free animated Collins poems online, too - The Dead and Forgetfulness. Definitely check them out. If you go to video.google.com and search for Billy Collins you'll see them. Pretty cool animation and it's Billy himself reading. I think they're on youtube.com, too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Billy Collins has got to be the best politian in the literary world. His poetry is mundane and thoughtless. In order for Collins to be appointed Poet Laureate of America, he has got to be doing a lot of baby kissing and sucking up to the powers that be. For those who read Collins' work, they must be as bored to tears as I was to even pick up this book. Instead of Billy Collins, I highly reccomend Timothy Edward Jones' book 'European Confession.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
Billy Collins has....it! The turn of a phrase, the volta, the conclusion, the imagery, are all here, in every line. In my opinion, most poets today try, but simply cannot manage blank verse; most poets today are unreadable. Collins, however, is infinitely enjoyable, always current, and definitely perfect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Too many modern poets have abandoned the integrity of the art for a kind of lackluster, populist prose with poetic form. Billy Collins is above the riff raff, and solidly defends his right to have been the Poet Laureate with his superior wordsmanship and craft.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Saw the interview with Billy Collins on 60 Minutes this week and was intrigued. Just like a child, I couldn't wait to order on-line and listen for the mail person a few days or week later to deliver the book. I was in the mall that day..huh!...and there on the shelf this magical paperback was sitting...waiting...now devoured like the chocolate eclair icecream delivered by the Good Humor man....ummmmm good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A beautifully written book! It was a passport to inner adventure for me, personally. I felt completely at home, with the poet's rhythm and human presence... I thank him, for the wonderful mirror, he has provided. Indeed.