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180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day

(Poetry 180)

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Come full circle with 180 new, exciting poems selected and introduced by Billy Collins.

Inspired by Billy Collins’s poem-a-day program for American high schools that he began through the Library of Congress, the original Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry was a gathering of clear, contemporary poems aimed at a wide audience. In 180 More, Collins continues his ambitious mi
Paperback, 373 pages
Published March 29th 2005 by Random House Trade
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Nov 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Earlier this year I was in the mood for poetry. I have several anthologies of the poets I read when I was in college, but I figured it was time to update. I am a fan of Billy Collins (former U.S. Poet Laureate) and his campaign to bring poetry back to the public school curriculum, which is part of why I chose this anthology of poems written by contemporary poets and compiled by Collins. I also used the highly literary method of browsing the ratings of poetry anthologies in as I consid ...more
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recently I've been getting back into poetry after a long departure. I wasn't sure where to start, so I pulled out this volume, which I got as a present from one of my professors during my master's in teaching program many moons ago in the early aughts. I read a few poems every day, keeping an ongoing list of the poets I liked best so I can check out more of their work. I would really recommend this to people like myself who are looking for exposure to a broad range of accessible contemporary poe ...more
David Haller
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
A useful survey of contemporary American poetry.

I decided, not long ago, to get some idea of what the landscape of contemporary American poetry was like, since I'm bad about reading poetry and I hadn't really read much since actually studying it formally in undergraduate school Literature classes; I'd read some things like Seamus Heaney's translation of Beowulf and (attempted) Nabokov's "Pale Fire", but aside from a handful of forays into Wisława Szymborska and Virginia Hamilton Adair, I've main
Dana Sullivan
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
I was a fan of Billy Collins in high school, but I wasn't really feeling this collection when reading it 15 years after I got it. Some poems are very good, but overall not my thing.

The ones I enjoyed:

Buddha's Dogs - Susan Browne
Anagrammer - Peter Pereira
Chapter One - Mark Aiello
I said yes, but I meant no - Dean Young
Why I don't take naps in the afternoon - Dan Gerber
The Fate - Bill Knott
Paul (formerly known as Current)
As an entry point to the multi-voiced world of poetry, this is a fine collection. Read it. Find what you like and then find those poets works. These are invitation to more poetry. Find the invites with your name on them and go.
Mar 22, 2008 rated it liked it
lots of poems selected by our former poet laureate. as it turns out, i think i like billy collins' poetry more than i like his taste in poetry. still, there are some doozies in here, and it's always nice to be introduced to new poets by a poet you love.

so i'd say asi asi overall.
Jan 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry-poetics, own, 2011
This collection was not nearly as strong as the first 180 anthology, though there are still some gems.
Nadia Mcdowell
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was recommended this book from a local librarian while looking for poetry books, ironically I had read this book for my college English course. As a poem lover, I knew the collection of poems would keep me satisfied throughout the book. If you did not read his first sequence to this book, I recommend you read “Poetry 180” as well. Collins’ “180 More” is composed of poems from many poets, some themes similar and contrasting to others. Recurring themes in the book include love, death, birth and ...more
Andrew Blok
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's hard to give a book of such different poems from so many various sources a single 1-5 score, but there are some really, really good poems in here. Some that I didn't care for, but some that I loved a lot. I read this book over a few months a poem or two at a time and it was an entirely pleasant way to read a collection of poems. Here's a couple of my favorites for you:

May 26, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was a bit disappointing, especially compared to its precedent, "Poetry 180." While several poems were excellent and refreshing, there were an overwhelming amount of pieces that were not deserving of the "extraordinary" description plastered onto them. Billy Collins writes remarkable poetry, but his taste in the genre seems to fall short to his writing talents. Some favorites among the anthology were "Snowbanks North of the House" by Robert Bly, "Chapter One" by Mark Aiello, "Why it Oft ...more
Dec 18, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a great collection for its purpose: introducing high school students to poetry. The poems, for the most part, are accessible and most land well. Billy Collins, however, does not include all that many voices in terms of variation. In fact, many of the same poets from the first 180 Days of Poetry are included in this second collection. Two to three of these poems were amazing; however, overall, I was left wanting a bit more diversity, in terms of representation, style, form, era, and tone.
Rick Perry
Feb 14, 2018 rated it liked it
A collection of poems by a wide variety of poets, some of which I really enjoyed and others which I did not. The introduction by Billy Collins is very good and worth reading. Overall, the poems were good, but not great. Just my opinion, of course.
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I did not expect to stand there, poem after poem, having that oh my god feeling. Freakin bravo, Billy Collins. I feel like I got invited to a party where everybody is weird and interesting and they think I am, too.
Patricia McLaughlin
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Accessible introduction to American poetry complied by former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins. Favorites include

“The Dogs in Dutch Paintings,” David Graham
“October Cats,” Rachel Hadas
“Anagrammer,” Peter Pereira
“Jeep Cherokee,” Bruce A. Jacobs
“Chicken,” Kim Addonizio
Jun 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
Was looking for a particular poem - by Michael Donaghy - but ended up reading & largely enjoying the entire collection. The last poem,Request by Lawrence Raab, was a great ending
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
lmao Billy Collins annoys me...some of these poems were great but most of them felt like poems that Billy Collins, specifically, would pick out, so overall not my fave
Corey Wozniak
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really great! I dog-eared probably 60% of the poems, because i liked them or i found them teachable, or both. Also, I really liked the intro by Billy Collins— I, too, prefer “hospitable” poetry.
Nov 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, life-skills
Reviewed as a part of CBR 10: here
Victoria Henson
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is something completely new for me. I'm not someone to pick up a collection of poems but I'm super glad I did. It was really nice to dive into 180 poems given light to many topics written by a broad selection of poets. I read Poetry 180 which lead me to reading 180 more! Recommend this to anyone looking to read some good poems and find some new poets to love.
Tom Romig
Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
There is much to like in this fine anthology. I find that for the past three or four years, I always have a few books of poetry going at the same time, both anthologies and collections by individual poets. I usually read and savor a few poems each day. An enriching habit that I formed without even realizing it.

Billy Collins selected the poems and has provided a thoughtful introduction on the idea of "accessibility" in poetry. Apparently in some circles, though none I travel in, people who like "
Apr 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
I've enjoyed using Collins' earlier collection, Poetry 180 in my high school classes. This volume offers a similar sensibility: accessible poetry that often surprises and delights. While I have only read about half of the collection, I can offer these insights: most poets are represented with a single work, some by two, and a pair - Robert Wrigley and Bill Knott - merit three. Having the same number of poems as the previous volume, an additional 45 pages make it apparent that some longer poems h ...more
Poetry 180 is a collection of 180 contemporary poems written by a variety of authors. This book was inspired by Billy Collin's poem-a-day program at the Library of Congress, this program was made so that one poem could be read once a day, every day for the school year at high schools across the nation. This book holds these great poems. I did not like this book because the poems were hard to understand such as the poem "The Poem of Chalk," this poem is about how a person is walking down the stre ...more
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
I found this collection on Amazon and bought copies for all the teachers in my English Dept. You would be surprised (or maybe not) at how many teachers don't read, but with these short, tasty literary bon mots, there's really no reason to spend another half hour watching reality T.V. Enjoyed the introduction; Collins says a poem should be like an eye chart, that is, you can see the "big letters" on the first line, but as you read, things become harder to declarative decipher. Or, as Wallace Stev ...more
May 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Received this awesome book as a birthday gift and took it away with me for the weekend. I sat by a huge window overlooking the sea reading after everyone else had gone to bed. What a joy; seals, North light and good poetry.

Not every poem is going to appeal to every reader, however, I felt like Billy Collins was my tutor in a contemporary poetry class where I was the only student. There were many poets I had heard of but hadn't read but now I will search out there other work.

There are more than a
Nov 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011, poetry
Just what the title says it is, most of these meet my poetry requirement of "not too long." However, my favorite was one of the longer poems in the book: David Kirby's "A Cowardice of Husbands" which can be found right now by googling its title. Is it just me or does it feel wrong to be able to access the contents of the book and read it online? Shouldn't we have to DO something to get our content?
May 15, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People interested in contemporary poetry who don't know where to start.
Shelves: poetry
I bought this book to read selected poems to my freshman composition class. It served me well there. What Collins lacks as a poet he makes up for as an editor. He makes a point of collecting "accessable" poetry, which is a good thing I think. His own poetry is, perhaps, too accessable... but he's got a good eye for quality in others' work. I found some great leads on people I didn't know about in this book, including Mark Halliday and Jim Daniels.
Rolfe Hunt
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed many of these poems and loved several. Reading other reviews, I am always surprised at the expectations people put on poems. A poem resonates with you or it does not. To judge each one as good or bad implies a universality of standards that does not exist. If it did not resonate with you today, some time in the future it might.
Kiri Stewart
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
There are 180 solid poems in this book, but as poetry readers will know, not every good poem or poet hits you in the same way as it does someone else. I didn't find 180 new favorite poets from this book, but I did find 4 or 5 poets whose work I've looked into more deeply. That's a win, in my opinion.
Jun 23, 2013 rated it liked it
- light, easily accessible collection of contemporary poetry selected by this former Poet Laureate Of The United States
- sometimes bland though
- O.K., well...often bland - but with hidden jewels of humour, poignancy, insight, and eroticism
Jun 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes the poems in this anthology seemed to get on a thought pattern, and other times they were just random thoughts by various poets. Needless to say, all of the poems were absolutely wonderful. I'm going to miss reading these in the morning.
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William A. ("Billy") Collins is an American poet. He served two terms as the Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003. In his home state, Collins has been recognized as a Literary Lion of the New York Public Library (1992) and selected as the New York State Poet for 2004.

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