Musical Tables: Poems

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Price
$26.00  $24.18
Publisher
Random House
Publish Date
Pages
176
Dimensions
5.6 X 8.4 X 1.0 inches | 0.75 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780399589782

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About the Author

Billy Collins is the former Poet Laureate of the United States. He is the author of twelve collections of poetry, including the bestsellers Aimless Love, The Trouble with Poetry, and Sailing Alone Around the Room. He is also the editor of Poetry 180, 180 More, and Bright Wings. A former Distinguished Professor at Lehman College of the City University of New York, Collins served 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.

Reviews

"The poetry of Billy Collins has a kindness that glitters with hard truth, and in Musical Tables he gives us a book of short, witty, often luminous snapshots of our sad and funny world."--Paul Simon

"Collins's short poems warm the soul. Like koans and haiku, these micro-lyrics roam a range of tone and feeling, from elegies to epiphanies to bone-dry witticisms. . . . His formal compression is deft; his insights, arresting."--Oprah Daily

"Collins has said that the short poem is a sort of test for a poet: just as an artist should be able to draw a simple chicken, the poet should be able to channel meaning, emotion, profundity, and humor all through a couple of lines. Perhaps Collins is also aware of society's rapidly diminishing attention span, but he has created an undaunting, readable book of poetry that will appeal to all ages and hit you where it hurts."--LitHub

"Billy Collins, a former poet laureate of the United States, is a real gem. He's a poet whose writing manages to be accessible, poignant and funny at the same time."--The Palm Beach Post