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Sailing Alone Around the Room by Billy Collins
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it was amazing

I spent the last year-and-one-day chipping away at this collection, and it has been such a marvelous experience. Collins is simply a master and has become, above all, my favorite poet.

Someone once said of Collins' poems: "You begin in Kansas; you end in Oz." This description rings powerfully true. Collins has an unparalleled ability to begin a poem with a simple image - a dog breathing, a man chopping wood, a window - and, by the end, wringing your heart with staggering depth.

Here's to many, many more readings of the great Billy Collins. I highly recommend him.
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Reading Progress

April 1, 2015 – Started Reading
April 1, 2015 – Shelved
April 18, 2015 –
page 6
3.13%
May 4, 2015 –
page 10
5.21%
August 1, 2015 –
page 18
9.38%
September 5, 2015 –
page 27
14.06%
October 12, 2015 –
page 30
15.63%
February 14, 2016 –
page 35
18.23%
February 16, 2016 –
page 47
24.48%
March 14, 2016 –
page 58
30.21%
March 17, 2016 –
page 78
40.63%
March 21, 2016 –
page 103
53.65%
March 21, 2016 –
page 103
53.65%
April 2, 2016 –
page 137
71.35%
April 2, 2016 – Finished Reading

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