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Horoscopes for the Dead: Poems
 
 
Author
Billy Collins.
Publisher Random House  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 0.65 inches
ISBN 9781400064922
Pages/Publication Date 128/2011
Daedalus Item Code 33384
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The former Poet Laureate of New York State and the U.S. Poet Laureate from 2001 to 2003, Billy Collins here presents his ninth collection, at once ironic and elegiac, covering love and loss, life and death, youth and aging, solitude and union, but not without a mischievous sense of humor. In the opening lines of the title poem, he writes: "Every morning since you disappeared for good, / I read about you in the newspaper / along with the box scores, the weather, and all the bad news. / Some days I am reminded that today / will not be a wildly romantic time for you."

"Collins writes of time and death with humor and whirligig images and wordplay so unexpected and delectable, reading his poetry is like watching a magician transform ordinary objects—a coin, a card—into something breathtaking out of thin air. Collins likes to focus on small, unobtrusive beings like a mouse or a squirrel and informs us that he is the tortoise, not the hare. He steals an hour to walk up a hill and sit on a 'rock the size of a car,' which he then imagines 'once moved along / in the monstrous glacial traffic of the ice age.'... In this piquant collection's hilarious and sweet title poem, Collins riffs on newspaper horoscopes and bemused memories of his beloved dead. A hangover inspires misanthropy, while everyday heartbreaks lead to droll confessions. Including thoughts on his 'true vocation,' which is 'keeping an eye on things / whether they existed or not, / recumbent under the random stars'."—Booklist

 
 
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