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Taking Off Emily Dickinson's Clothes by Billy Collins
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Mar 17, 08

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Read in March, 2008

I've either heard Collins read or have read for myself (and sometimes taught) the majority of the poems in this collection. That doesn't make it any less worthy of my time, however; on the contrary, the fact that so many of these poems are some of my favorites from Collins made this an extraordinary reading experience for me. It's true that, at first glance, most of these poems don't feel "serious" or "deep," but Collins has a way of lulling readers into a sort of false sense of security before enlightening us on his true purposes. Definitely worthwhile for anyone who wants a good collection of his poems without having to buy four separate books.
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