Nine Horses: Poems by Billy Collins

By Billy Collins

Nine Horses, Billy Collins's first booklet of recent poems when you consider that Picnic, Lightning in 1998, is the newest curve within the extraordinary trajectory of this poet's occupation. Already in his forties while he debuted with a full-length publication, The Apple That Astonished Paris, Collins has turn into the 1st poet for the reason that Robert Frost to mix excessive serious acclaim with wide well known allure. And, as though to crown this luck, he used to be appointed Poet Laureate of the U.S. for 2001–2002, and reappointed for 2002–2003.

What debts for this amazing fulfillment is the poems themselves, quiet meditations grounded in lifestyle that ascend without difficulty into eye-opening ingenious geographical regions. those new poems, during which Collins keeps his soft negotiations among the transparent and the mysterious, the comedian and the elegiac, are absolute to maintain and bring up his viewers of avid readers.

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Nine Horses: Poems

9 Horses, Billy Collins's first ebook of latest poems because Picnic, Lightning in 1998, is the most recent curve within the extraordinary trajectory of this poet's profession. Already in his forties while he debuted with a full-length booklet, The Apple That Astonished Paris, Collins has develop into the 1st poet due to the fact that Robert Frost to mix excessive serious acclaim with large renowned allure.

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They asked when they returned, hours later, to find me sitting in the dark, shivering with fear and cold. They probably didn’t expect to be so long. They knew I was terrified of the dark, but maybe I had never told them of my nightmare about the witches. Finding a Voice to Write about Childhood 35 THE WITCHES My sister’s screams brought Mummy running: Did you push her? They drove to the hospital leaving me alone in the house. I read a book by the window. until I couldn’t see the words. Too scared to turn on the light I watched ghostly white roses disappear into the dark.

The pattern of rhyme and rhythm and melody provided a raft which carried the voice though the poem. Finding a Voice to Write about Childhood MUSIC AND GOD The only light in the dark church shines on a hymn book’s notes and words: my father in the organ loft coaxing the keys to solemn chords. I sit beside him on the stool so close I smell his sour breath. His long thin feet jab out the bass. He whistles softly through his teeth. And now he’s adding numbers up, long columns in his spidery hand. It’s Saturday, his one day off; his migraine’s like an iron band.

That they were written at the moment when this could not be done in speaking voices is the point, the paradox. The poem quoted above is the second in the book. The preceding poem makes it clear that conversation is already nearly out of reach. Already the 40 Chapter Three business of words is deeply ambivalent, anything but transparent. They might be the screen that comes between us, or the lens through which a rare clear image might come... (9) Word-people of a certain age will remember the name Ximenes, setter of a certain murderous crossword—the kind that the absence of definite clues made almost metaphysical.

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