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)
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.
Professional female who loves to read. This fills the gap since I don't have much time to sit and read. I favor mysteries.
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.
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.
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