Horoscopes for the Dead: Poems (Paperback)

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Christopher says: Collins continues in his fine tradition of taking the simplest of daily occurrences and packing them with profound meaning. The narrator of the title poem uses the act of reading horoscopes as way to imagine things that the departed are unable to do. Accessible and engaging, Collins is perfect for the casual reader and the serious student of poetry.

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Billy Collins is widely acknowledged as a prominent player at the table of modern American poetry. And in this smart, lyrical, and mischievous collection of poetry, which covers the everlasting themes of love and loss, youth and aging, solitude and union, Collins’s verbal gifts are on full display.

About the Author

Billy Collins is the author of twelve collections of poetry including The Rain in Portugal, Aimless Love, Horoscopes for the Dead, Ballistics, The Trouble with Poetry, Nine Horses, Sailing Alone Around the Room, Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, and Picnic, Lightning. He is also the editor of Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry, 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day, and Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds. A former Distinguished Professor at Lehman College of the City University of New York, Collins served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003 and as New York State Poet from 2004 to 2006. In 2016 he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in Florida with his wife Suzannah.

Praise For…

“The most companionable of poetic companions.”—The New York Times
“Collins continues his penchant for writing witty, companionable verse that’s often rooted in everyday matters.”—The Wall Street Journal

“Collins writes of time and death with humor and whirligig images and wordplay so unexpected and delectable, reading his poetry is like watching a magician transform ordinary objects—a coin, a card—into something breathtaking out of thin air.”—Booklist
“This is the poet’s richest work to date.”—Newsday
“Beloved, witty, smart, yet accessible.”—St. Petersburg Times
“Billy Collins is one of today’s most popular poets, revered for his ability to evoke humor and heartbreak in verses both subtle and sagacious.”—Wisconsin State Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9780812975628
ISBN-10: 0812975626
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Publication Date: March 20th, 2012
Pages: 128
Language: English