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Author Collins, Billy.

Title Questions about angels : poems / Billy Collins
Published Pittsburgh : University of Pittsburgh Press, 1999
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Description 1 online resource (91 pages)
Series Pitt poetry series
Pitt poetry series.
Contents American sonnet -- A history of weather -- First reader -- Student of clouds -- Candle hat -- The death of allegory -- Reading myself to sleep -- The Norton anthology of English literature -- The hunt -- Forgetfulness -- Questions about angels -- A wonder of the world -- Mappamundi -- The first geniuses -- The afterlife -- The dead -- Endangered -- Going out for cigarettes -- Purity -- Cliché -- Field guide -- Putti in the night -- The man in the moon -- Horseman, pass by! -- Memento mori -- The last man on earth -- Come running -- Modern peasant -- Instructions to the artist -- Weighing the dog -- One life to live -- The wires of the night -- Axiom -- Vade mecum -- Not touching -- Night sand -- Love in the Sahara -- Invective -- The life of Riley : a definitive biography -- Jack -- Metamorphosis -- Saturday morning -- Late show -- Pie man -- Wolf -- The history teacher -- Pensée -- The discovery of scat -- Dog -- The willies -- On reading in the morning paper that dreams may be only nonsense -- Rip Van Winkle -- English country house -- Nostalgia
Summary Billy Collins -- winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship, veteran of a one-hour Fresh Air interview with Terry Gross, and a guest on Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion -- arrives at Random House with the poetic equivalent of a Greatest Hits album, seasoned with some wonderful new numbers. Ranging from a lament over "Forgetfulness"--"Whatever it is you are struggling to remember/it is not poised on the tip of your tongue, /not even lurking in some obscure corner of your spleen" -- to a love poem that starts with weighing a dog, to a definitive "Life of Riley" ("He never had a job, a family or a sore throat"), Billy Collins' poems often seem modest and homespun, until the reader finds himself suddenly dissolving into laughter or tears. As for his popularity, a recent piece in Publishers Weekly, which ran before his three-book deal with Random House was made public, will perhaps be more convincing than any editor trying to flog a book in a fact sheet could be: "In February alone, three of Collins' collections sold nearly 8000 copies ... Fresh Air/Terry Gross recently rebroadcast an hour-long interview with Collins; the following day Picnic, Lightning briefly hit #59 in's bestseller rankings." Billy Collins is a dynamic and popular reader. He makes between thirty and forty appearances a year. His arrival at a prominent trade publishing house will ensure an even wider audience for his poetry and will capitalize on his increasing popularity. Household name may not be too much to ask for
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Description based on print version record
Subject American poetry -- 20th century.
Manners and customs -- Poetry.
Genre/Form Poetry.
Form Electronic book
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