Instead, he envisions the Earth resting on Keith Richards head. Richards with a Marlboro in one hand and a bottle of Jack Daniels in the other keeps the earth spinning and happy by talking about how the blues influenced the Rolling Stones.
Collins,also, ponders what the weather would be like the day after he dies and what will happen in the world and in a small Ohio town after his death. Collins also presents the bigger picture of things. His writing about the first poem after the death of the English language has a humorous side but also an element of loss. Much of it lies in the open and on the surface with enough under it give it depth. His writing reads easy and smooth taking the reader along effortlessly. Many poets seem to try too hard to make their poetry work.
Another great collection from an American treasure. Dec 04, Deb Readerbuzz Nance rated it it was amazing Shelves: poetry. Billy Collins is that oddity in America: He is a poet and he is a popular poet. Somehow he doesn't disappoint anyone. He is able to be clever Rain - Various - Rockin Around Portugal and fresh and wise and profound and funny. He is a delight. Billy Collins may be the only person saving poetry from popular death. He is magnificent. Try him.
Even if high school English class killed your desire to ever read a Rain - Various - Rockin Around Portugal again. View 2 comments. Little nuggets of gold!
Just loved these poems so quirky and thought provoking. He was the main attraction at their evening poetry reading.
Collins loves Ireland and the Irish love him. He had gotten married the day before but showed up for his eager audience. He pays attention to those things that most of us take for granted. Yes, occasionally he does write about sunsets and sunrises such as in Joythe final poem in the book. But the quotidian does not preoccupy his poems. Instead, he writes about the rain in Portugal, which is a line in his poem titled On Rhyme. Even funnier is this You Are The Way - The Primitives - You Are The Way from Microscopic Pants.
Plus, it suggests an infinite series of tinier and tinier ants pulling on smaller and smaller pair of pants, like the facing barbershop mirrors of my childhood when my newly shorn head Would repeat itself down the hallway of reflections. My mother had a clothespin bag with a picture of a woman hanging clothes on the line with the same clothespin bag with a woman hanging clothes ad infinitum.
I had to reformat and post this review. For some reason, the original post was missing parts of sentences and formatting. Jan 31, Rachel Kalanadi rated it liked it Shelves: poetry. Easy to read in one gulp, very friendly, and utterly forgettable unfortunately.
I thought vaguely that I might read some more by Collins View 1 comment. Dec 06, Amy rated it really liked it Shelves: signed-by-the-author Rain - Various - Rockin Around Portugalbooks-readfavorite-authorpoet-laureatepoetry. I saw that look that you gave me, Billy Collins, when I said nothing as you signed my book. It was the look of someone trying to puzzle out an anecdote from the moment or probably a poem, in your case. I could have blathered on about how my students used to always discover that they liked poetry after I introduced them to you.
And the rain in Portugal--because the rain in Portugal deserves just as much thought as the rain in Spain after all. One thing that strikes me, Mr. Collins … wait, no.
May I call you Billy? Sunsets and sunrises seen on the same day. So perhaps your book was aptly named after all.
So thank you for clearing that up for me and adding to my growing list of Portuguese writers and poets that I need to read starting with Pessoa and his 75 heteronyms. A teacher ingests stories and poetry in a way that breathes new life into them. Jan 31, Matt rated it it was ok Shelves: poesy. I love Billy Collins: his unpretentious but evocative language, The Prettiest Thing - Norah Jones - Feels Like Home light but subtly existential tones, his exactitude and thoughtfulness.
I feel bad for him sometimes, partially because he's been so successful. It must suck to have had to have been the Poet Laureate of George W Bush, for instance, and for all the public exposure, people thinking the poems are just there to be laughed with, funny though they often are. It's Gold - Various - Dance Collection 4 always easy to be considered "America's favorite poet" I'd bet.
But I love Billy Collins: his Sounds For Non-Sleepers I (In A#) - Chad McCoy - SOUNDS FOR NON-SLEEPERS (File, Album) but evocative language, his light but subtly existential tones, his exactitude and thoughtfulness.
But with this collection, I had the consistent disappointed feeling that he's running out of ideas. Nov 04, Mary rated it really liked it. I could spend weeks reading and re-reading these poems. Part 3 was definitely my favorite. Mar 01, Elizabeth R rated it liked it. So disappointing, a true 2. I want to be moved by poetry, and while I found this fine in its way, it was not at all profound to me. Nothing wrong with that, except at book length, it gets repetitous and then the poems start to feel equally repetitious.
I pulled out the one about the dogs, Species, but mostly because as a former dog So disappointing, a true 2. I pulled out the one about the dogs, Species, but mostly because as a former dog owner I found it sweet.
Maybe I'm just a poetry collection and less of a single author poetry book sort of reader. There were more than 50 poems in this collection. I read all of them, and 20 of them more than once. My favourites of them were ' Hendrik Goltzius's "Icarus" ' with its links to W. Although I enjoyed many of the poems in this collection, I can see that several of them would be more effective when performed out loud by the author.
The ones that I enjoyed reading most, were those that could be understood on more than one level. I wonder whether Billy Collins would say that this applies to all his poems? Jan 13, Anna rated it really liked it.
I enjoy Billy Collins because he talks to his readers about stuff so ordinary it should be dull as dirt, yet it's not and there is a lot to be gained from it. He paints a picture that is so familiar, you can see it like you're looking at something you've seen a million times, like Mona Lisa.
One of my favorites: Many Moons The thinnest of slivers can come as a surprise to some nights. A girl leaving a restaurant points up to show her friends. And there is a full one, bloated with light, a bright circle over the city keeping the dreamers from sleep. But the moon tonight is crossed by drift of clouds and looks like a mug shot of a criminal, a cornered man.
One of its seas forms a frown that makes for a grudging look. The last thing it ever wanted was to end up being a moon. It's the only light in the sky save for a Distretto 51 And The Capric Horns - Live @ Molina (featuring The Greensleeves Gospel Choir) star, whose sisters and brothers must be blinking somewhere afar, leaving the moon and me to circle in our turning places, his face Weird Nightmare - Charles Mingus - Mingus Revisited and cold, mine warm but vexed by his troubles.
Better Rainstorms Billy Collins is his usual, offhand self here, but the effort appears mailed in. It's like he decided that not only may we reject formalism, but also any pretense to quality.
A thin submission. Such a calm descends like a calm descending as you piss from a dock into a wavy lake and think about your Adelina - Angelou Chevauchet Et Viva Chawa Stars - Anima Et Zaina brethren, spread out across the land, pissing tonight against a tree beyond the circle of a campsite Rain - Various - Rockin Around Portugal watering a flowering bush at a corner of a lawn.
If only more brothers recognized their shared brotherhood in a piss, we would Rain - Various - Rockin Around Portugal be better off. Jul Rain - Various - Rockin Around PortugalJD Estrada rated it really liked it.
A Pump Up The Jam - Various - Konfirmation 90 relaxed collection of poetry that often made me smile with its randomness. If you're looking for deep metaphors or rhyme schemes, this isn't the collection for you.
If however you like curious phrasing, life observations, and little slices of modern day relatable real life, this collection might be great for you. I found it relaxing, friendly, never intense although at times poignant.
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