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The Trouble With Poetry - And Other Poems by Billy Collins
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Jul 14, 2012

it was amazing
Read in July, 2012

It turns out that the trouble with poetry is that it leads to more poetry. I am inclined to agree. I lucked up on Collins during a pretty bleak year in my life, and found his surrealistic mixed with sincerity approach did a lot to lift me up. Soon after reading him I found myself writing poems where he snuck in as a character - you know me and him hanging out eating at a Whataburger, that kind of thing.

This book finds him taking on his usual subject matter - childhood, mortality, music, death, and writing - with an emphasis on the 'you', which changes from poem to poem, sometimes a love, sometimes a dog owner. In every occasion, there is a sense of conviction that carries his line through to illumination.

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