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S. (SarahJ) | 1481 comments Mod
Horoscopes for the Dead

I enjoy Billy Collins, but despite the airplane on the cover of this, the poems in this collection never really took off for me. The poems lack turn, they seem often to lack purpose. And sometimes they go on too long. The title poem, for example, is amusing and there's the promise that the writer might tie it up and make a point, but it just keeps meandering. Here it is online: http://www.pen.org/viewmedia.php/prmM...

My favorite poem was the opening one, "Grave," in which the poet visits his parents' grave and has a conversation with them, sort of: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/a...

I also liked the short, "My Hero," about a tortoise.

I appreciate Billy Collins - he has a sure touch, and I've have learned from reading his poems. I never looked to him for gravitas, but he seems yet lighter in this volume.


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Jen (jppoetryreader) | 1568 comments Mod
Thanks for this review. I've only read Collins when he appears in journals and anthologies, never a full book. Your review tells me I shouldn't start with this one.


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