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Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems (2013)

by Billy Collins

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Excellent collection. Billy Collins is truly a master poet and is especially good with word play. ( )
  bness2 | May 23, 2017 |
Reading Billy Collins is like watching a Nora Ephron movie. Pure, cheesy pleasure. ( )
  jalbacutler | Jan 10, 2017 |
If I had to categorize these poems, I'd say they're about everyday life, but then, they are also about so much more. There is such amazing imagery in every single poem written by Collins. I could see everything he saw, everything he thought, and I was enthralled.

Every time you read - and this can apply to all written words, but especially poetry - you can get something new out of it. Something leaps off of the pages and imprints onto your soul. It can be profound or it can be mundane, but it affects you all the same. Poetry is so poignant and concise. Aimless Love is no exception to this rule.

I had a few favorites. Although they were all wonderful, some spoke louder than others: Absence, Royal Aristocrat, Love, Statues in the Park, The Revenant, Adage, Promenade, To My Favorite 17 Year Old High School Girl, Animal Behavior, and Best Fall. ( )
  Kristymk18 | Nov 12, 2015 |
Amazon: "From the two-term Poet Laureate of the United States Billy Collins comes his first volume of new and selected poems in twelve years. Aimless Love combines fifty new poems with generous selections from his four most recent books—Nine Horses, The Trouble with Poetry, Ballistics, and Horoscopes for the Dead. Collins’s unmistakable voice, which brings together plain speech with imaginative surprise, is clearly heard on every page, reminding us how he has managed to enrich the tapestry of contemporary poetry and greatly expand its audience. His work is featured in top literary magazines such as The New Yorker, Poetry, and The Atlantic, and he sells out reading venues all across the country. Appearing regularly in The Best American Poetry series, his poems appeal to readers and live audiences far and wide and have been translated into more than a dozen languages. By turns playful, ironic, and serious, Collins’s poetry captures the nuances of everyday life while leading the reader into zones of inspired wonder. In the poet’s own words, he hopes that his poems “begin in Kansas and end in Oz.” Touching on the themes of love, loss, joy, and poetry itself, these poems showcase the best work of this “poet of plenitude, irony, and Augustan grace” (The New Yorker)." ( )
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  clifforddham | Oct 20, 2015 |
Two time US Poet Laureate, Billy Collins has been called the most famous poet in America by the New York Times. His collection of poems in "Aimless Love" show why that is. The poems in "Aimless Love" are conversational, humorous, and pleasant. They greet readers with good humor and frequently glide into quirky, tender or deep observation on daily life as well as reading, writing and poetry itself. "Aimless Love" gives poetry that's character targets homemade suburban middle class America and does not make any apology for it. They are tender yet consistently unexpected and are consistently more serious than they appear upon an initial reading. Highly recommend. ( )
  dgregoryburns | Jan 3, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0679644059, Hardcover)

From the two-term Poet Laureate of the United States Billy Collins comes his first compilation of new and selected poems in twelve years. Aimless Love combines more than fifty new poems with selections from four previous books—Nine Horses, The Trouble with Poetry, Ballistics, and Horoscopes for the Dead. Collins’s unmistakable voice, which brings together plain speech with imaginative surprise, is clearly heard on every page, reminding us how he has managed to enrich the tapestry of contemporary poetry and greatly expand its audience. His work is featured in top literary magazines such as The New Yorker, Poetry, and The Atlantic, and he is a strong draw at reading venues across the country. Appearing regularly in The Best American Poetry series, his poems appeal to readers and live audiences far and wide and have been translated into more than a dozen languages. By turns playful, ironic, and serious, Collins’s poetry captures the nuances of everyday life while leading the reader into zones of inspired wonder. In the poet’s own words, he hopes that his poems “begin in Kansas and end in Oz.” Touching on the themes of love, loss, joy, and poetry itself, these poems showcase the best work of this “poet of plenitude, irony, and Augustan grace” (The New Yorker).

Envoy
 
Go, little book,
out of this house and into the world,
 
carriage made of paper rolling toward town
bearing a single passenger
beyond the reach of this jittery pen
and far from the desk and the nosy gooseneck lamp.
 
It is time to decamp,
put on a jacket and venture outside,
time to be regarded by other eyes,
bound to be held in foreign hands.
 
So off you go, infants of the brain,
with a wave and some bits of fatherly advice:
 
stay out as late as you like,
don’t bother to call or write,
and talk to as many strangers as you can.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:11:19 -0400)

Presents a volume of more than fifty new poems accompanied by a generous gathering from the author's collections of the past decade, lending insight into his overall poetic achievements and his use of playful, ironic, and melodic language.

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