Friday, December 9, 2016

Book Review - Sailing Alone Around the Room by Billy Collins

Poet Laureate Billy Collins writes accessible poetry. It's subtle and real and human. I love his writing and his work seems so easy and off the cuff. I know it's not and I'm sure he agonized over every line. However, his words flow and just tell a story of normal life. Or his everyday observations could have been mine, except way better.

(back cover blurb) Possessed of a unique voice that is at once plain and melodic, Billy Collins has managed to enrich American poetry. 

Here's one stanza from "Madmen"
They say you can jinx a poem
if you talk about it before it is done
If you let it out too early, they warn, 
your poem will fly away
and this time they are absolutely right

Or from "Snow Day"
Today we woke up to a revolution of snow,
its white flag waving over everything
the landscape vanished
not a single mouse to punctuate the blankness,
and beyond these windows

He epitomizes the word sublime.....


  1. Wonderful poetic words Joanne, wish I had Billy's talent.
    Happy week-end.

    1. don't we all. But you are quite good as Yvonne, the poet!

  2. Being able to make it come across easy is a great skill indeed

  3. I would have enjoyed reading his Snow Day when living in snow. He made it seem enjoyable when often it was a drudgery (at least to me).


  4. i liked the poem .
    you introduced him well through your wimple words dear.
    in poetry the most attractive aspect is and easy going thought treated gently and simply .

  5. "not a single mouse to punctuate the blankness"

    I love that line! What a perfect image!