Two term Poet Laureate, Billy Collins writes poetry that is sublime. It is plain and yet descriptive. Humor shines through, and each poem paints a slice of life. I like to think I write some poetry, but Mr. Collins's collection humbles me in its simplicity.
cover blurb: By turns playful, ironic, and serious, Collins's poetry captures the nuances of everyday life while leading the reader into zones of inspired wonder.
He often writes about writing poetry, as if he can't believe this is his "job".
Here is the opening of "Velocity" by Billy Collins: In the club car that morning I had my notebook open on my lap and my pen uncapped looking every inch the writer right down to the little writer's frown on my face
but there was nothing to write about except life and death and the low warning sound of the train whistle
He continues to meander with the train, tells a story, and it's so smooth. You don't think "Gosh I'm slogging through a poem." The whole book is full of these short poems disguised as tales of life.
I laughed out loud at the poem "Hangover". The words Marco Polo Marco Polo as spaced on the page are genius.
Aimless Love by Billy Collins will convert you into a poetry lover.
Joanne Faries, originally from the Philadelphia area, lives in Texas with her husband Ray. She considers herself fortunate to be able to pursue a writing career after eons in the business world. Joanne enjoys reading and movies, and is the film critic for the Little Paper of San Saba.