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The Best Cigarette | [Billy Collins]

The Best Cigarette

Here for download is the best-selling and award-winning recording of former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins. No poet since Robert Frost has managed to combine high critical acclaim with such broad popular appeal. His last three collections of poems have broken sales records for poetry, and his readings are usually standing room only. His audience has been enhanced tremendously by his appearances on National Public Radio, and it includes people of all backgrounds and age groups.
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Here for download is the best-selling and award-winning recording of former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins. No poet since Robert Frost has managed to combine high critical acclaim with such broad popular appeal. His last three collections of poems have broken sales records for poetry, and his readings are usually standing room only. His audience has been enhanced tremendously by his appearances on National Public Radio, and it includes people of all backgrounds and age groups.

The poems themselves best explain this phenomenon. The typical Collins poem opens on a clear and hospitable note but soon takes an unexpected turn; poems that begin in irony may end in a moment of lyric surprise. No wonder Billy Collins sees his poetry as a form of travel writing and considers humor a door into the serious.

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"Unpretentious, funny and good." (Ira Glass, This American Life)

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    J. Patrello McKinney Texas 08-23-09
    J. Patrello McKinney Texas 08-23-09 Member Since 2009

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    "I don't even like poetry"

    I don't even like poetry but Collins poetry is different than the rest. I am so glad that he has recieved all of the recognition that he has.
    Humour, sensitivity, sadness and lots more.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn MARIETTA, OH, United States 05-20-12
    Lynn MARIETTA, OH, United States 05-20-12 Member Since 2011

    Professional female with little time for the fun things (cooking, reading and traveling)!

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    What made the experience of listening to The Best Cigarette the most enjoyable?

    I could hear the amusement in the author's voice as he read his poetry. It brought it to life; felt like he was talking directly to me.


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    We played this in the car on a three-hour trip. I thought we would listen to a few min or so of the performance and switch to something else. Neither my companion, nor myself wanted to turn it off until there was no more; and we wanted more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Lakewood, CO, United States 11-16-13
    Rebecca Lakewood, CO, United States 11-16-13 Member Since 2009

    Love to read, and Audible has made the two-hour daily commute enjoyable!

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    "Poetry to be listened to"

    Poetry is to be listened to. This was my first chance to find a recording of Collins reading his poems. Many were included in "Sailing Around the Room" which was very fun along with some new ones.

    Forget how you may think about poetry, and give Billy Collins a try. I will be buying more of his audiobooks in the future.

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