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Title:
The apple that astonished Paris : poems
Author:
Collins, Billy.
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Publication Information:
Fayetteville : University of Arkansas Press, [1988]

©1988
Physical Description:
x, 61 pages ; 22 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Away : Vanishing point -- Wlaking across the Atlantic -- The blue -- Schoolsville -- Driving with animals -- Strange lands -- Tuscany -- Tourist: Dromahair, Co. sligo -- Flying to a funeral -- Etymology -- Hunger -- Hart crane -- Winter syntax -- Plight of the troubadour -- The Frankenstein poet -- Lost -- The past -- Fur -- Flames -- Home : Books -- On closing Anna Karenina -- Indoors -- Death -- Remembering dreams -- Earthling -- Child development -- Putting down the cat -- The lesson -- Lowell, Mass. -- Programs -- The morning after my death -- Personal history -- Bar time -- Insomnia -- Another reason why I don't keep a gun in the house -- Cancer -- Embrace -- The rival poet -- My number -- Poem -- Hopeless but not serious -- Advice to writers -- Introduction to poetry -- Desire -- The Brooklyn Museum of Art.
ISBN:
9781557280237

9781557280244
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Book

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Summary

Summary

Billy Collins strikes at the deepest concerns of the human heart and mind. His metaphysical wit and cosmic puzzlement, expressed always in a clean, direct, unpretentious idiom, will touch every reader who is fascinated by the play of a truly original imagination and a disarming way of seeing the world.


Summary

Billy Collins strikes at the deepest concerns of the human heart and mind. His metaphysical wit and cosmic puzzlement, expressed always in a clean, direct, unpretentious idiom, will touch every reader who is fascinated by the play of a truly original imagination and a disarming way of seeing the world.


Author Notes

Billy Collins has published six collections of poetry, including Questions About Angels and The Art of Drowning, Picnic, Lightning, his latest, sold more than 25,000 copies in its first year. He teaches at Lehman College of the City University of New York and at Sarah Lawrence College. He was named U.S. Poet Laureate in June 2000.

(Bowker Author Biography) Billy Collins was born in New York City in 1941. He earned a BA from the College of the Holy Cross, and both an MA and PhD from the University of California-Riverside.

Collins conducted summer poetry workshops at University College Galway and is the Poet in Residence at Burren College of Art in Ireland. He is also a professor of English at Lehman College (CUNY). In 1992, Collins was chosen to be the Literary Lion of the New York Public Library. He was named U.S. Poet Laureate in 2001 and held the title until 2003. Collins then served as Poet Laureate for the State of New York from 2004 until 2006.

His poetry has appeared in anthologies, textbooks and periodicals including Poetry, The American Poetry Review, The American scholar, Harper's, The Paris Review and The New Yorker. He is the author of six books of poetry including "The Art of Drowning." His poems have also been selected to appear in The Best American Poetry of 1992, 1993 and 1997. His works have won various awards including the Bess Hokin Prize, the Frederick Bock Prize, the Oscar Blumenthal Prize and the Levinson Prize, all awarded by Poetry. He has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.

His collection of poems entitled Aimless Love made numerous best-seller lists in 2013. (Bowker Author Biography)


Billy Collins is a professor of English at Lehman College (CUNY) and a visiting writer at Sarah Lawrence College. He has published six books of poetry, most recently Picnic, Lightning (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1998) and has won several awards from Poetry magazine, including the Bess Hokin Prize and the Levinson Prize. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California-Riverside and currently resides in northern Westchester County, New York


Table of Contents

I. Away
Vanishing Pointp. 3
Walking Across the Atlanticp. 5
The Bluep. 6
Schoolsvillep. 7
Driving with Animalsp. 9
Strange Landsp. 11
Tuscanyp. 12
Tourist: Dromahair, Co. Sligop. 13
Flying to a Funeralp. 15
Etymologyp. 16
Hungerp. 17
Hart Cranep. 18
Winter Syntaxp. 19
Plight of the Troubadourp. 21
The Frankenstein Poetp. 22
Lostp. 23
The Pastp. 25
Furp. 26
Flamesp. 27
II. Home
Booksp. 31
On Closing Anna Kareninap. 33
Indoorsp. 34
Deathp. 35
Remembering Dreamsp. 36
Earthlingp. 37
Child Developmentp. 38
Putting Down the Catp. 40
The Lessonp. 41
Lowell, Massp. 42
Programsp. 44
The Morning After My Deathp. 45
Personal Historyp. 46
Bar Timep. 48
Insomniap. 49
Another Reason Why I Don't Keep a Gun in the Housep. 50
Cancerp. 51
Embracep. 52
The Rival Poetp. 53
My Numberp. 54
Poemp. 55
Hopeless but Not Seriousp. 56
Advice to Writersp. 57
Introduction to Poetryp. 58
Desirep. 59
The Brooklyn Museum of Artp. 60
I. Away
Vanishing Pointp. 3
Walking Across the Atlanticp. 5
The Bluep. 6
Schoolsvillep. 7
Driving with Animalsp. 9
Strange Landsp. 11
Tuscanyp. 12
Tourist: Dromahair, Co. Sligop. 13
Flying to a Funeralp. 15
Etymologyp. 16
Hungerp. 17
Hart Cranep. 18
Winter Syntaxp. 19
Plight of the Troubadourp. 21
The Frankenstein Poetp. 22
Lostp. 23
The Pastp. 25
Furp. 26
Flamesp. 27
II. Home
Booksp. 31
On Closing Anna Kareninap. 33
Indoorsp. 34
Deathp. 35
Remembering Dreamsp. 36
Earthlingp. 37
Child Developmentp. 38
Putting Down the Catp. 40
The Lessonp. 41
Lowell, Massp. 42
Programsp. 44
The Morning After My Deathp. 45
Personal Historyp. 46
Bar Timep. 48
Insomniap. 49
Another Reason Why I Don't Keep a Gun in the Housep. 50
Cancerp. 51
Embracep. 52
The Rival Poetp. 53
My Numberp. 54
Poemp. 55
Hopeless but Not Seriousp. 56
Advice to Writersp. 57
Introduction to Poetryp. 58
Desirep. 59
The Brooklyn Museum of Artp. 60