Sailing Alone Around the Room by Billy Collins
New and Selected Poems

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Sailing Alone Around the Room, by America’s Poet Laureate, Billy Collins, contains both new poems and a generous gathering from his earlier collections The Apple That Astonished Paris, Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, and Picnic, Lightning. These poems show Collins at his best, performing the kinds of distinctive poetic maneuvers that have delighted and fascinated so many readers. They may begin in curiosity and end in grief; they may start with irony and end with lyric transformation; they may, and often do, begin with the everyday and end in the infinite. Possessed of a unique voice that is at once plain and melodic, Billy Collins has managed to enrich American poetry while greatly widening the circle of its audience.

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About Billy Collins

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Billy Collins is the award-winning author of "The Trouble with Poetry, Nine Horses, Sailing Alone Around the Room", and "Picnic, Lightning", among other poetry collections. He has edited the anthologies "Poetry 180" and "180 More". He is a distinguished professor of English at Lehman College, City University of New York, where he has taught for the past thirty years. From 2001 to 2003 he served as the Poet Laureate of the United States. Kneen is the illustrator of many children's books. She also does finely detailed artwork in designing motifs and illustrations for Wedgewood China.
Published August 10, 2011 by Random House. 192 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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His kids flee the class and, like brats out of a Larkin poem, rush to the playground ''to torment the weak / and the smart, / mussing up their hair and breaking their glasses.'' These darker hints aside, however, the poem gets by on comic agil...

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This collection hit the front page of the New York Times its first time out of the blocks in 1999, as the University of Pittsburgh Press, Collins's longtime publisher, denied Random the rights to the poems as the poet tried to jump ship.

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Nights and Weekends

With most books of poetry, you have to make a large concentrated effort to sit down and take in a few poems, and even then, it may take a few readings to recognize any of them when you pick up the book again, much less be able to spot the page you were on.

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