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Nine Horses: Poems Paperback – Unabridged, October 14, 2003
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I've never read a poet who keeps me enthralled on every page and Collins is no exception; however, there is a lot of good stuff here. "Night Letter to the Reader," "The Country," "Velocity," "Istanbul," "Love," "Creatures," "Birthday," "Albany," "Litany," "Bermuda" and "The Only Day in Existence" are among my favorites.
I particularly like a poem called "Tipping Point" where Collins brings out the arbitrariness of measuring time and the subtlety of our sensations of time: "...the sensation you might feel/as you passed through the moment//at the exact center of your life/or as you crossed the equator at night in a boat." Would we want to be able to sense the midpoint of our lives? Could we? Any more than we could sense passing over the equator?--another arbitrary way to measure our world. And yet, we do sense things deeply, if only in the deep dark night or while walking in the rain.
But Collins never dips to far into pretentiousness. In fact, in "Study in Orange and White" he illuminates the pretentiousness of titles. How many of us know that the painting generally referred to as "Whistler's mother" is in fact entitled "Arrangement in Gray and Black"?Read more ›
Collins's poems are fresh and inventive and at the same time take for their subject matter the everyday things we take for granted. He takes the most simple things and turns and turns them in a poem until we see them in a way we never could have without the intervention of his brilliant mind. He processes fresh, raw words and injects wit and feeling and makes of them a very fine wine.
NINE HORSES is just as good a work as SAILING ALONE AROUND THE ROOM, which contains works from his previous books. Collins is at the top of his form, and without giving a play-by-play of some of the highlights of the book, I will just say that "Litany" alone is worth the cover price.
Collins's intellect is richly sophisticated yet he talks like the neighbor next door. And, passing the test of true intelligence, he is able to explain lofty concepts so that even the simplest of minds can understand. Though, of course, he enraptures high-minded folks in the process.
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As usual Billy Collins writings are creative, clear and they often hook some memory or bring up a new idea I had never thought of. Kudos to Collins.Published 8 months ago by Tom Parsons
What a mixed bag Billy Collins' "Nine Horses" was for me. Many of the poems I liked. Some I found infuriating in their simplicity and high-schoolness. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kem White
This book was for my husband, who loves Billy Collins. He was very happy with it.Published 9 months ago by Jeanette
Sometimes somber, sometimes comical, sometimes heart-tugging, this disparate and eclectic collection of poetry is meant for pure enjoyment. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Poisoned Rose
Collins brings keen observation and humor, and then he makes a pot of soup with them. His work is awesome, and I am very satisfied with the seller.Published 17 months ago by Buck