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Horoscopes for the Dead: Poems Paperback – March 20, 2012
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In "Horoscopes for the Dead," these two Billy Collins -- the beloved poetic institution and still evolving writer -- are somersaulting all over each other.
For fans of iconic Billy Collins work, there is a lot to love in this collection. There are beautiful and clever pieces about house guests, beloved dogs, walks in the woods, poetry workshops and poetry readings, dinner parties, dinner guests and sometimes just dinners. You get the sense, as you may have in previous collections, that Collins is conspiring with you in some wonderful morning kitchen, and that you just happen to be the lucky recipient of his well-turned phrases and well-timed thoughts.
And yet, there are poems in here that are likely to surprise.
In this collection -- even more so than his last, "Ballistics" -- Collins seems fixated on the darker elements of life. While "Ballistics" explored the shadows of heartbreak, "Horoscopes for the Dead" seems to intent on meeting mortality in its eyes. In pieces like the book's first poem, "Grave" -- in which finds Collins laying down on the graves of his parents, hoping to communicate with them in some way -- to the book's title poem -- where the absurdity of horoscopes is juxtaposed with a longing for passed friends -- Collins seems to find himself musing about death in a variety of ways.Read more ›
The poem "Feedback" will make your smile: "The woman who wrote from Phoenix/after my reading there/to tell me they were all still talking about it/just wrote again/to tell me that they had stopped."
The award for the erotic (with humor) goes to "Genesis" where the narrator wonders how it would have been if Eve had been created before Adam and considers
What life would be like as one of your ribs--
To be with you all the time,
riding under your blouse and skin,
caged with the soft weight of yours breasts. . .
Mr. Collins often writes about dogs. I particularly like "Two Creatures." I submit it to the critics who find his poems not deep enough.Read more ›
This book of poetry, Horoscopes for the Dead, is no different. Billy treats us to his dark humor, his light humor, his humor humor, and his wonderful ability to put concise words to paper, one after another the absolute best he can. And the result is a treat. Buy this book! Buy all his books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This volume contains many lovely Billy Collins moments suspended like the dew drop on the lip of an iris reflecting and bending the world to his will. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sally Charette
What more can I say? Am I still a Capricorn after I am cremated??
Can't recall which book had the "letter" to your teen-aged daughter! Read more
When I was teaching middle school English I used Billy Collins’s poetry to break students away from their dependence on Shel Silverstein and the notion that all poetry must rhyme. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gerard White
Very nice book in excellent condition. Was surprised to see that it was signed by Billy Collins. Liked most of the poems in this book.Published 6 months ago by Marie Castro
After seeing a TV interview I purchased this book. It was indeed all that I expected. It will make you think, feel and tap into your poetic abilities.Published 13 months ago by Rodger Newbold