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Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry Paperback – March 25, 2003
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Inspired by Billy Collins's poem-a-day program with the Library of Congress, Poetry 180 is the perfect anthology for readers who appreciate engaging, thoughtful poems that are an immediate pleasure.
A 180-degree turn implies a turning back--in this case, to poetry. A collection of 180 poems by the most exciting poets at work today, Poetry 180 represents the richness and diversity of the form, and is designed to beckon readers with a selection of poems that are impossible not to love at first glance. Open the anthology to any page and discover a new poem to cherish, or savor all the poems, one at a time, to feel the full measure of contemporary poetry's vibrance and abundance.
With poems by Catherine Bowman, Lucille Clifton, Billy Collins, Dana Gioia, Edward Hirsch, Galway Kinnell, Kenneth Koch, Philip Levine, Thomas Lux, William Matthews, Frances Mayes, Paul Muldoon, Naomi Shihab Nye, Sharon Olds, Katha Pollitt, Mary Jo Salter, Charles Simic, David Wojahn, Paul Zimmer, and many more.
About the Author
Billy Collins was the Poet Laureate of the United States and the State of New York. He is a Distinguished Professor at Lehman College and a Senior Distinguished Fellow of the Winter Park Institute. A Literary Lion of the New York Public Library and author of many collections of poetry, including Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds and Horoscopes for the Dead, he lives in Westchester, New York.
Top Customer Reviews
I rather like the idea that there is no obvious agenda here, nor any pretense of "the best." Readability seems to be the standard. It is a book for a bus-stop, or the short ride home. It is light and easily portable. I can envision a poem over breakfast, or one to conclude an evening of study. Along those lines, the print is nicely laid out; it's the sort of book that I can read without my specs - after all my discovery of poetry in high-school was decades ago.
America's High Poet, Collins, handpicked these selections from such modern masters as Rimbauld, Simic, Salter, Olds, Luz and Levine. Also catching my eye is a superbly sentimental piece entitled "Dead Dog" by John Updike. Collins, often chided and applauded for his simple, open poetry picks his selection along the same vein. This makes Poetry 180 a delightful breeze, a book that keeps your attention and a superbly well rounded work. As a reader I was not left gasping for air, but instead searching for more complete works by some of these fine writers.
I loved the poem entitled Love Poem 1990. It is about a man falling in love at different stages in his life from childhood to old age and how he feels about it. Another one of my favorite poems is entitled May. It is about the painful experience of putting a dog to sleep. The Green One Over There is a wonderful but sad poem about the relationship between a sister and a brother. I could really relate to the way siblings compete as described in this poem. The subject matter of the poems in this book are diverse. I never knew a subject could evoke such emotion. One of these poems is entitled What Would I Do. It is an insightful poem about what a husband would do if his wife cheated on him. The Quest is a excellent poem about a mother's fear that her daughter will be hurt and the extent she would take to protect her.
I was drawn to some of these poems because of the title. I loved the titles Vegetarian Physics, The Poem of Chalk, 1-800 Hot Ribs, and The Grammar Lesson. These are humorous and descriptive poems I could read over and over just for a laugh. My appreciation for poetry has increased so much. I loved this book.
"Poetry 180" is simultaneously lighthearted and poignant. I've paged through this book, skipping poems that look boring, only to open it again the next day and fall in love with one of the pages I skipped. Collins, thankfully, avoids poetry that does nothing more than play with language, trudging through the muck of flimsy abstractions to bring his readers the diamonds in the modern rough. Most of his picks are gems, and the poetry-lover cannot go wrong with this volume.
school year, at high schools across the country. This book is a compilation of those poems. Like Garrison Keillor's book, Good Poems, this book is excellent for people who think poetry is too removed from every day life. Recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Such a fabulous collection. We give this at our school for students who win our Poetry Out Loud contest. Read morePublished 4 months ago by DM
the best poetry collection I own. Give copies as gifts all the timePublished 7 months ago by Dj Hickson
Modern poetry can be confusing. This is a gentle yet erudite to today's poetry, with the best introduction to a poetry book, ever,Published 8 months ago by R. Fletcher
I wish I would have gotten the correct book. I got 180 more- wrong book.Published 10 months ago by English Teacher and Mommy
I am a big fan of poetry, among other forms of literature. While I prefer a more classical style and tone, in a more contemporary sense, I will give this poet a high thumbs up.Published 10 months ago by H.L. Dowless