By Billy Collins
Nine Horses, Billy Collins's first booklet of latest poems considering Picnic, Lightning in 1998, is the most recent curve within the extra special trajectory of this poet's occupation. Already in his forties while he debuted with a full-length e-book, The Apple That Astonished Paris, Collins has turn into the 1st poet on account that Robert Frost to mix excessive serious acclaim with wide well known allure. And, as though to crown this luck, he used to be appointed Poet Laureate of the U.S. for 2001–2002, and reappointed for 2002–2003.
What bills for this amazing fulfillment is the poems themselves, quiet meditations grounded in daily life that ascend without difficulty into eye-opening ingenious nation-states. those new poems, during which Collins maintains his tender negotiations among the transparent and the mysterious, the comedian and the elegiac, are certain to maintain and bring up his viewers of avid readers.
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Extra resources for Nine Horses: Poems
Filled my days with model trains and trees whittled down, lowered my face into miniature smoke rising from the locomotive, at once acrid and sweet— inhaling it all, a heaven to hold forever. Or, a picnic, on a green hill. Autumn sun, sandwiches stacked high, and who I could love with me on a red gingham blanket, both of us fattened by time. You would think a bone stoppered my throat for how I talk, ridiculous clot of babble and gurgle, impediment as dreamed by the idiot or obvious— and then writ large, screamed out so no one with ears could ever miss me.
In the largest eyes ever, the goggling gimlets of the architeuthis as we sink in the inkwell dark of the blind ocean. As extras in the cast of Yog the Space Amoeba, mouthing Japanese we never before knew, our fear real, the danger fake, each building burnt like a cheap cigarette, down to an ashen stub, down to the loveless earth where you say to me we must run or die. indd 31 6/29/07 11:31:14 AM Seduction with Entropy If you think I’m honest, speak to me when it’s night. I’ll say anything when my face is blank like a moon.
Indd 54 6/29/07 11:31:20 AM Notes for My Body Double The plot hole by which you must enter in to the story is a doozy, a real humdinger, if you will, and it is all made of ﬁre, the way the stars are made of ﬁre, though we dream them to be utterly cold and prickly with a sad light. Nothing ever stops in my world to hear me singing to you. I have always loved you, sweet twin, beloved doppelgänger, alien lump of word in my mouth, language I spent three years learning only to forget when it grew too hard the phrases that meant something: Dear, I am your long lost butter cookie; and, I am sorry, it was accidental, but I have dipped the poodle in laudanum.
Nine Horses: Poems by Billy Collins