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Picnic, Lightning by Billy Collins
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Sep 17, 11

I'm extremely picky when it comes to poetry. Some might assume that I just don't like it, and that is the simple answer I give some people when pressed. But I'm really just quite picky. As of writing this review, I only own two poetry books: this, and an Ogden Nash book. Like the Nash, there's a fair bit of humor in this book, and that's what initially grabbed me. But there's less focus on rhymes (I'm not actually sure if there's any rhyming in this book), and more focus on... wistfulness, I think? I can't help but feel mellow and melancholic when reading Picnic, Lightning. And even though the rhymes are sparse or non-existant, there's still quite a pleasing rhythm. I can't really explain it, since I feel like I'm attempting to explain exactly why I like certain music. Sometimes it just feels right.

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