I Wish I Was Billy Collins Poems by Pete McLaughlin

Part standup comedy, part painfully revealing self-exploration, this is a tender, heartbreaking, hilarious book of poems about the male condition in the 21st Century. These are poems to read and reread and then to read aloud to friends.

Author: Pete McLaughlin

Publisher: Wellstone Books

ISBN: 096006155X

Category: Humor

Page: 140

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Part standup comedy, part painfully revealing self-exploration, this is a tender, heartbreaking, hilarious book of poems about the male condition in the 21st Century. These are poems to read and reread and then to read aloud to friends. Even nonplussed strangers will smile knowingly after being ushered into Pete McLaughlin's world, laughing at his manic, self-deprecating take on the grim horror of waking up to find yourself a divorced middle-aged dude living by yourself with a cat, one given to fits of projectile vomiting. The poems range from a riff on the yearning of an "Angry Prius" who just wants to get out in the fast lane, one time, and drive all-out "mercilessly tailgating all comers, / even senior citizens," to the revelations of "Middle Age," about being picked up by a woman in her sixties who "plays teasing, exploratory footsie beneath the tablecloth/her unblinking green-light eyes/locked mercilessly onto mine/she winks knowingly, her big toe somehow in my pocket now."
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A Study Guide for Billy Collins s The Afterlife

They wish they could wake in the morning like you 35 and stand at a window examining the winter trees, every branch traced with the ghost writing of snow. Poem Summary Stanza 1 In the opening stanza of "The.

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9781410336811

Category: Literary Criticism

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A Study Guide for Billy Collins's "The Afterlife," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Poetry for Students.This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Poetry for Students for all of your research needs.
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A Study Guide for Billy Collins s The History Teacher

While the poem was written too early to be concerned with global warming denialism, many fundamentalist Christian groups, who wish schoolchildren to be taught that the earth is only six thousand years old, have tried to pressure school ...

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9781410348128

Category: Literary Criticism

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Questions About Angels

Annie Proulx admits, "I have never before felt possessive about a poet, but I am fiercely glad that Billy Collins is ours." This special, limited edition celebrates Billy Collins's years as U.S. Poet Laureate.

Author: Billy Collins

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

ISBN: 9780822979340

Category: Poetry

Page: 88

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Billy Collins has emerged as the most beloved American poet since Robert Frost, garnering critical acclaim and broad popular appeal. Annie Proulx admits, "I have never before felt possessive about a poet, but I am fiercely glad that Billy Collins is ours." This special, limited edition celebrates Billy Collins's years as U.S. Poet Laureate. Questions About Angels--one of the books that helped establish and secure his reputation and popularity during the 1990s--is remarkable for its wry, inquisitive voice and its sheer imaginative range. Edward Hirsch selected this classic book for the National Poetry Series, and each of Collins's poems-from his meditation on forgetfulness to his musings on the behavior of angels-is an exploration of imaginative possibilities. Whether reading him for the first time or the fiftieth, this collector's edition is a must-have for anyone interested in the poet the New York Times calls simply "the real thing."
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What I Wish For You

I could have sought advice from celebrities named Johnny Depp or famous poets named Billy Collins or people who have climbed Mount Everest barefoot or sailed solo across the Atlantic or invented tomato-andlettuce sandwiches.

Author: Patti Digh

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780762768707

Category: Self-Help

Page: 160

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A beautifully illustrated collection of wisdom from around the world with heartfelt insights for any age.
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I ll Walk Alone

Billy Collins asked. “I wish you'd call me Alvirah. Everyone else does.” She's stalling for time, Collins thought. “Let me put it this way,” Alvirah began. “It certainly looks as though the woman in those pictures is Zan.

Author: Mary Higgins Clark

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439186794

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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THE QUEEN OF SUSPENSE IS BACK! Mary Higgins Clark’s new novel—the thirtieth and most spine-chilling of her long career as America’s most beloved author of suspense fiction— is about the newest and most up-to-date of crimes: identity theft. Who has not read about—or experienced—with a sinking feeling the fear that someone else out there may be using your credit cards, accessing your bank account, even stealing your identity. In I ll Walk Alone, Alexandra “Zan” Moreland, a gifted, beautiful interior designer on the threshold of a successful Manhattan career, is terrified to discover that somebody is not only using her credit cards and manipulating her financial accounts to bankrupt her and destroy her reputation, but may also be impersonating her in a scheme that may involve the much more brutal crimes of kidnapping and murder. Zan is already haunted by the disappearance of her own son, Matthew, kidnapped in broad daylight two years ago in Central Park—a tragedy that has left her torn between hope and despair. Now, on what would be Matthew’s fifth birthday, photos surface that seem to show Zan kidnapping her own child, followed by a chain of events that suggests somebody—but who? Zan asks herself desperately, and why?—has stolen her identity. Hounded by the press, under investigation by the police, attacked by both her angry ex-husband and a vindictive business rival, Zan, wracked by fear and pain and sustained only by her belief, which nobody else shares, that Matthew is still alive, sets out to discover who is behind this cruel hoax. What she does not realize is that with every step she takes toward the truth, she is putting herself— and those she loves most—in mortal danger from the person who has ingeniously plotted out her destruction. Even Zan’s supporters, who include Alvirah Meehan, the lottery winner and amateur detective, and Father Aiden O’Brien, who thinks that Zan may have confessed to him a secret he cannot reveal, believe she may have kidnapped little Matthew. Zan herself begins to doubt her own sanity, until, in the kind of fast-paced explosive ending that is Mary Higgins Clark’s trademark, the pieces of the puzzle fall into place with an unexpected and shocking revelation. Deeply satisfying, I’ll Walk Alone is Mary Higgins Clark at the top of her form.
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The Dog I Loved

I didn't want to be lied to. “Mary Rose. You must be Irish.” Cecily Foster sipped a delicate taste ... I smiled at her, my Irish pride showing. “And Collins. Any relation to the poet Billy Collins?” “I wish.” “Catholic, then, I presume?

Author: Susan Wilson

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781466890473

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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New York Times bestselling author Susan Wilson is back with another signature heartwarming novel—one that begs the question: Can a dog lead the way to finding one's humanity? After spending years in prison for a crime she didn’t intend to commit, Rose Collins is suddenly free. Someone who knows about the good work she has done—training therapy dogs while serving time—has arranged for her early release. This mysterious benefactor has even set her up with a job in the coastal Massachusetts community of Gloucester, on the edge of Dogtown, a place of legend and, for the first time since Rosie's whole world came crashing down, hope. There she works to rebuild her life with the help of Shadow, a stray dog who appears one rainy night and refuses to leave Rose’s side. Meghan Custer is a wheelchair-bound war veteran who used to be hopeless, too. Living at home with her devoted but stifling parents felt a lot like being in prison, in fact. But ever since she was matched with a service dog named Shark, who was trained in a puppy-to-prisoner rehabilitation program, Meghan has a brand new outlook. Finally, she can live on her own. Go to work. And maybe, with Shark by her side, even find love again. Two strong women on a journey toward independence whose paths collide in extraordinary ways. Two dogs who somehow manage to save them both. A tale of survival and a testament to the human spirit, The Dog I Loved is an emotional and inspiring novel that no reader will soon forget.
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Where Night Is Day

Billy Collins said that the dead wish they could come back and learn Italian or see the Pyramids, or play golf in a light rain. They wish they could wake up in the morning like us and stand at the window looking at winter trees, ...

Author: James Kelly

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801467646

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 248

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"There is no night in the ICU. There is day, lesser day, then day again. There are rhythms. Every twelve hours: shift change. Report: first all together in the big room, then at the bedside, nurse to nurse. Morning rounds. A group of doctors moves slowly through the unit like a harrow through a field. At each room, like a game, a different one rotates into the center. They leave behind a trail of new orders. Wean, extubate, titrate, start this, stop that, scan, film, scope. The steep hill the patient is asked to climb. Can you breathe on your own? Can you wake up? Can you live?"—Where Night Is Day Where Night Is Day is a nonfiction narrative grounded in the day-by-day, hour-by-hour rhythms of an ICU in a teaching hospital in the heart of New Mexico. It takes place over a thirteen-week period, the time of the average rotation of residents through the ICU. It begins in September and ends at Christmas. It is the story of patients and families, suddenly faced with critical illness, who find themselves in the ICU. It describes how they navigate through it and find their way. James Kelly is a sensitive witness to the quiet courage and resourcefulness of ordinary people. Kelly leads the reader into a parallel world: the world of illness. This world, invisible but not hidden, not articulated by but known by the ill, does not readily offer itself to our understanding. In this context, Kelly reflects on the nature of medicine and nursing, on how doctors and nurses see themselves and how they see each other. Drawing on the words of medical historians, doctor-writers, and nursing scholars, Kelly examines the relationship of professional and lay observers to the meaning of illness, empathy, caring, and the silence of suffering. Kelly offers up an intimate portrait of the ICU and its inhabitants.
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Sailing Alone Around the Room

Sailing Alone Around the Room, by America’s Poet Laureate, Billy Collins, contains both new poems and a generous gathering from his earlier collections The Apple That Astonished Paris, Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, and ...

Author: Billy Collins

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9780307431745

Category: Poetry

Page: 192

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Sailing Alone Around the Room, by America’s Poet Laureate, Billy Collins, contains both new poems and a generous gathering from his earlier collections The Apple That Astonished Paris, Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, and Picnic, Lightning. These poems show Collins at his best, performing the kinds of distinctive poetic maneuvers that have delighted and fascinated so many readers. They may begin in curiosity and end in grief; they may start with irony and end with lyric transformation; they may, and often do, begin with the everyday and end in the infinite. Possessed of a unique voice that is at once plain and melodic, Billy Collins has managed to enrich American poetry while greatly widening the circle of its audience.
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Horoscopes for the Dead

Poems Billy Collins. I wish I could take you all for a ride in my wire basket on this glorious April day, not a thing as simple as your name, Bill Smith, even trickier than Clarence Augustus Coddington. Then how about just you, ...

Author: Billy Collins

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9780679604501

Category: Poetry

Page: 128

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WINNER—BEST POETRY—GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NEWSWEEK/THE DAILY BEAST NATIONAL BESTSELLER Billy Collins is widely acknowledged as a prominent player at the table of modern American poetry. And in this smart, lyrical, and mischievous collection of poetry, which covers the everlasting themes of love and loss, youth and aging, solitude and union, Collins’s verbal gifts are on full display. Note to Readers: adjusting the size of the type on your e-reading device may affect the line formatting of this eBook. We have formatted the eBook so that any words that get bumped to a new line in a poem will be noticeably indented.
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Writing South Carolina

Patsy Mejia-Rocha I could tell you that the most influential book I've read is a Stephen King book, or perhaps an anthology by Billy Collins (in fact, I wish I could), but the truth lies in the smooth, fragile pages of the Bible.

Author: Carolina Fund

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 9781611179194

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 248

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"How can we make South Carolina better?" Normally this issue is reserved for lawmakers and voters, but Writing South Carolina, volume 3, gives voice to fifty high school juniors and seniors from across the Palmetto State who have offered suggestions. The University of South Carolina Honors College annual writing contest presents a necessary voice for them as well as a revealing portrait of their lives and desires using their own words and insights. Contest judge Mary Alice Monroe provides the foreword for this volume and has said of the contributing students, "They are astonishingly talented, further ahead in the game than I was at their age." Through a variety of short, creative genres, students share their own gripping experiences in South Carolina, often about of growing up and going to school here. This year's selections range from poems about the cycle of abuse to short stories about minimum wage to essays about problematic sex education in public schools. Writing South Carolina, volume 3, offers a collection steeped in creativity, honesty, and clarity. High school students witness and encounter some of the most subtle and serious problems in South Carolina's school system—and they demand change. Monroe, a New York Times best-selling author of children's books and novels, including A Lowcountry Christmas and The Butterfly's Daughter, provides a foreword.
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A Theatre for Dreamers

'Oh, how I wish Billy Collins had never sent you that five hundred pounds.' She ignores the letter, seizes George's barely touched artichoke and tears away the leaves. 'We'd have sunk without it,' George mutters and, pretending to bow ...

Author: Polly Samson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781526600578

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'Delicious' Nigella Lawson 'Clever and beguiling' Guardian 'Sublime and immersive' Jojo Moyes Erica is eighteen and ready for freedom. It's the summer of 1960 when she lands on the sun-baked Greek island of Hydra where she is swept up in a circle of bohemian poets, painters, musicians, writers and artists, living tangled lives. Life on their island paradise is heady, dream-like, a string of seemingly endless summer days. But nothing can last forever. 'A surefire summer hit ... At once a blissful piece of escapism and a powerful meditation on art and sexuality' Observer 'Heady armchair escapism ... An impressionistic, intoxicating rush of sensory experience' Sunday Times 'If summer was suddenly like a novel, it would be like this one. Immaculate' Andrew O'Hagan
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Complementary and Integrative Treatments in Psychiatric Practice

Billy Collins, Poet Laureate, “Forgetfulness” The authors wish to thank coeditor Dr. Richard P. Brown for providing clinical case examples for this chapter. Excerpt from “Forgetfulness” from Questions About Angels, by Billy Collins, ...

Author: Patricia L. Gerbarg

Publisher: American Psychiatric Pub

ISBN: 9781615371358

Category: Medical

Page: 425

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With its unrivaled scope, easy readability, and outstanding clinical relevance, Complementary and Integrative Treatments in Psychiatric Practice is an indispensable resource for psychiatric and other health care professionals. It is also well suited for individuals with mental disorders and their family members who are seeking updated, practical information on complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine (CAIM). An international group of experts, researchers, and clinicians examines an expansive range of treatments that have been chosen on the basis of their therapeutic potential, strength of evidence, safety, clinical experience, geographic and cultural diversity, and public interest. This guide offers advice on how to best tailor treatments to individual patient needs; combine and integrate treatments for optimal patient outcomes; identify high-quality products; administer appropriate doses; and deal with concerns about liability, safety, and herb-drug interactions. Treatments discussed include: Nutrients and neutraceuticals Plant-based medicines Mind-body practices -- breathing techniques, yoga, qigong, tai chi, and meditation Art therapy and equine therapy for children and adolescents Neurotherapy, neurostimulation, and other technologies Psychiatrists and other physicians, residents, fellows, medical students, psychologists, nurses, and other clinicians will benefit from guidelines for decision making, prioritizing, and combining CAIM treatments, as well as safely integrating CAIM with standard approaches. That the treatments considered in this clinician's guide are applied to five of the major DSM-5 categories -- depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma- and stressor-related disorders, bipolar and related disorders, and schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders -- ensures its applicability, timeliness and timelessness.
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Glove Affair

To his family and friends watching at home in Antioch, Tennessee, Billy Ray Collins Jr. was a hero for the gallant fight he waged in Madison Square Garden. ... On September 21, 1983—his 22nd birthday—I called to wish him happy birthday.

Author: Randy Gordon

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 9781538121139

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 272

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Randy Gordon has spent over 40 years in the world of professional boxing, as a broadcaster, ring announcer, New York State’s athletic commissioner, editor of TheRing magazine, and host of SiriusXM Radio’s At the Fights. No one else has ever seen the sport from so many different angles and from such lofty seats. In Glove Affair: My Lifelong Journey in the World of Professional Boxing, Gordon recounts never-before-heard stories of the boxing industry and offers insights into some of its most famous figures, including Hall-of-Famers Bert Sugar, Alexis Arguello, Bob Arum, and Mike Tyson. With the perspective only an insider can offer, Gordon also reflects on his times with Muhammad Ali—including the champ’s mind-dazzling magic tricks and his thoughts on the “Thrilla’ in Manila”—and provides a glimpse into the boxing commissioner’s office with stories of a wild and fiery hearing and a commission employee’s betrayal of the agency. From his days as a wheelchair bound, severely injured boy in 1959 to the most-widely-listened-to boxing talk show host on the radio, Gordon recalls his life story with passion, humor, and love. More than just another book on the Sweet Science, Glove Affair is a journey through the world of boxing through the eyes of a man who has seen it all.
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American Comic Poetry

poem when the speaker discovers a new constellation, the magnificence of which is dropped, creating laughs, ... the speaker wishes he were an emperor so that with such great power he could change the reality in which he finds himself.

Author: Jeff Morgan

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476623467

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 196

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Comic poetry is serious stuff, combining incongruity, satire and psychological effects to provide us a brief victory over reason—which could help us save ourselves, if not the world. This book champions the literary movement of comic poetry in the U.S., providing an historical context and exploring the work of such writers as Denise Duhamel, Campbell McGrath, Billy Collins, Thomas Lux and Tony Hoagland. Their techniques reveal how they make us laugh while addressing important social concerns.
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Narcissus Americana

I trust this poet who can tell the tenor from the vehicle and whose poem “Cigar” shows us that many times a cigar is not just a cigar. Mossotti can also produce a narrative ... I join my old friend and editor in that wish. Billy Collins ...

Author: Travis Mossotti

Publisher: University of Arkansas Press

ISBN: 9781682260555

Category: Poetry

Page: 79

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Winner, 2018 Miller Williams Poetry Prize Narcissus Americana sings and scraps and wrestles its way across various landscapes—abandoned quarries, art museums, lavish homes, and tar pits—in a quest to attain a more complex vision of what it means to be upwardly mobile. These poems question the usefulness of wealth and ownership as markers of success. Taking wine fridges and fake flowers as emblems of capitalism’s failure to assuage human loneliness, the speakers in these poems find joy in shared meals and glasses of wine, and use moments of mutual attention to challenge notions of class in America. Intimacy is on display in “Cruising Altitude,” where the speaker finds a sublime communion between two disparate worldviews during an in-flight conversation with his father: I ask if his certainty about humanity’s course gives his life some kind of purpose. He doesn’t sleep well. I know this. I quote Yeats. He quotes scripture. Light balances on the wing and casts its yellow spell. . . . Sharply written, and with an eye for form, these poems engage with heavy inquiry but also know better than to take themselves too seriously, making it possible for, say, dungeons to share space with donuts, as in the poem “Rancho La Brea.” Mossotti’s timely book invites the reader to traverse America, and see the nation anew, on a journey marked simultaneously by critical scrutiny and deep affection.
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Ya Te Veo

are ruined by meth—a poem that ends surprisingly with the ceiling of the famous chapel whose name rhymes with hers: Christine. I trust this poet who can tell the tenor from the vehicle and whose poem “Cigar” shows us that many times a ...

Author: P. Scott Cunningham

Publisher: University of Arkansas Press

ISBN: 9781610756327

Category: Poetry

Page: 68

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Finalist, 2018 Miller Williams Poetry Prize Ya Te Veo takes as its title the name of a mythical tree that eats people. Like the branches of that tree, the poems in this book seem to capture and nourish themselves on a diverse cast of would-be passers-by, drawing their life-force from the resulting synthesis of characters. Among the seized are poets and painters alongside musicians from Garth Brooks to Wu-Tang Clan to the composer Morton Feldman, whose mysterious personality serves as a backdrop in many poems for meditations on intimacy, ethics, and anxiety. As the phrase “ya te veo” (“I see you”) implies, this is a book interested in revealing what we think is hidden, in questioning the gap inside all of us, a gap between what we feel and what we say and do, making space for our many contradictions. Like the works of Feldman, these poems focus and recede, experimenting with form in order to accomplish a state of deep concentration. They impersonate sonnets, ghazals, terza rima, monologues, translations, and freestyles, but inexactly, embracing failed imitation as an opportunity to remix the familiar.
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Walking with Eve in the Loved City

ing an encounter at a concert with a woman whose life and body are ruined by meth—a poem that ends surprisingly with the ceiling of the famous chapel ... wish. Billy Collins ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Many thanks to the editors of the journals and ix.

Author: Roy Bentley

Publisher: University of Arkansas Press

ISBN: 9781682260579

Category: Poetry

Page: 114

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Finalist, 2018 Miller Williams Poetry Prize Walking with Eve in the Loved City is an ambitious collection. Using a variety of male figures—Jeff Goldblum, Ringo Starr, the poet’s uncle Billy, to name a few—these poems skillfully interrogate masculinity and its cultural artifacts, searching for a way to reconcile reverence for the father figure with a crisis of faith about the world as run by men. And yet, despite the gravity of the subjects these poems engage, this is a hopeful, frequently funny book that encourages the reader to look deeply at the world, and then to laugh if she can. Roy Bentley often accomplishes this work through a careful balancing of honesty and misdirection, as when in the poem “Can’t Help Falling in Love” the real drama of the narrative—the appearance of an affair between the speaker’s father and a drive-in restaurant carhop—operates as a backdrop for the eight-year-old speaker’s puerile attraction to the woman; or when the vampire Nosferatu (a frequent figure in the poems) materializes in a trailer park, his immortality becoming a lens through which to process the speaker’s righteous anger about wealth and poverty. God too features prominently—as does doubt. Drawing from the vernacular of his childhood, Bentley accesses the simultaneous austerity and lyrical opulence of the King James Bible to invent stories in which the last note struck is often a call to pay kinder attention. More than anything, these poems serve as humanistic advocates, using the power of narrative—film, interview, imagination, memoir—to highlight how people matter. Walking with Eve in the Loved City invites the reader to join in this watching and witnessing, to take part in renewing how we see.
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Phases

Stillgestaden! keeping things whole, as he did, or taking it easy like Billy Collins always seems to be, especially in “Osso Bucco.” How I wish I had those ways sometimes, in class, when I present some jewel or other, some bit of wisdom ...

Author: Mischa Willett

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781532610363

Category: Poetry

Page: 96

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The poems in Phases are as interested in the creeping penumbral edge of language as they are in the shadowy fact of faith. Playful experiments with form swing to the conceptual ring's apogee, while a colloquy across history and place center the proverbial orbit.
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Poetry 180

Billy Collins compiles 180 poems, one for each day of the school year, for high school students to read so that they might learn the value of poetry in their daily lives.

Author: Billy Collins

Publisher: Random House Trade

ISBN: 0812968875

Category: Poetry

Page: 323

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Billy Collins compiles 180 poems, one for each day of the school year, for high school students to read so that they might learn the value of poetry in their daily lives.
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