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Ballistics : poems

By: Collins, Billy

0330464388 / 9780330464383
Paperback
811.5'4
18/06/2009
Stock expected by 05/04/2020
England
20 cm 112 p.
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Originally published: New York: Random House, 2008.

It is no understatement to say that Billy Collins has found poetry a whole new audience across the English-speaking world.

No poet writing today insists on such open, direct and courteous engagement with the reader, and no poet has shown the common experience to be such an astonishing and singular one.

Collins' gift is to make the reader believe that everything is unfolding in real time and in living speech; his poetry always has the sheen and vibrancy of the present moment.

While Ballistics addresses the most grave and serious of subjects - death and love, solitude and aging - Collins' light touch and lighter spirit never desert him.

Even in his darkest verses, Collins never fails to remind us of the sheer miracle, comedy and strangeness of our simply being here. `The teasing, buoyant images in Ballistics are firmly anchored in visions of too-quiet mornings, droplets of water, cold marble and bare light bulbs.

But he now writes, more simply and assuredly than he used to, about the flights of imagination that keep melancholy at bay . . . Ballistics glows with the confidence of a writer fully aware of his work's power to delight' New York Times

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