Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins

By Billy Collins


“Billy Collins places the ‘fun’ again in ‘profundity.’ ”—Alice Fulton

From the two-term Poet Laureate of the us Billy Collins comes his first compilation of recent and chosen poems in twelve years. Aimless Love combines greater than fifty new poems with decisions from 4 past books—Nine Horses, the difficulty with Poetry, Ballistics, and Horoscopes for the useless. Collins’s unmistakable voice, which brings jointly undeniable speech with imaginitive shock, is obviously heard on each web page, reminding us how he has controlled to counterpoint the tapestry of up to date poetry and drastically extend its viewers. His paintings is featured in best literary magazines akin to The New Yorker, Poetry, and The Atlantic, and he sells out examining venues all around the state. showing usually in The top American Poetry sequence, his poems attract readers and stay audiences in every single place and feature been translated into greater than a dozen languages. through turns playful, ironic, and severe, Collins’s poetry captures the nuances of daily life whereas top the reader into zones of encouraged ask yourself. within the poet’s personal phrases, he hopes that his poems “begin in Kansas and lead to Oz.” relating the topics of affection, loss, pleasure, and poetry itself, those poems exhibit the simplest paintings of this “poet of plenitude, irony, and Augustan grace” (The New Yorker).

move, little book,
out of this condominium and into the world,
carriage made up of paper rolling towards town
bearing a unmarried passenger
past the achieve of this jittery pen
and much from the table and the nosy gooseneck lamp.
it's time to decamp,
wear a jacket and enterprise outside,
time to be appeared by means of different eyes,
certain to be held in overseas hands.
So off you move, babies of the brain,
with a wave and a few bits of fatherly advice:
remain out as overdue as you like,
don’t hassle to name or write,
and seek advice from as many strangers as you can.

Praise for Aimless Love

“[Billy Collins] is ready, with invaluable few phrases, to make me cry. Or giggle out loud. he's a outstanding artist. To have such energy in such an abbreviated shape is deeply inspiring.”—J.J. Abrams, The manhattan occasions booklet Review
“Layered, subtly witty poems that any one can comprehend and appreciate—even those that don’t as a rule like poetry . . . [Collins] is wry, astonishing, and without difficulty communicates the concepts many readers want they'd inspiration or acknowledged themselves. . . . The Collins in those pages is targeted, evocative, and understands how one can make the style clean and relevant.”The Christian technological know-how Monitor

“Collins’s new poems include every thing you’ve come to count on from a Billy Collins poem. They stand solidly on even flooring, chiseled and unbreakable. Their phraseology is classy, the humor is alive, and the speaker maintains to walk at his personal speed during the plainness of yankee life.”The day-by-day Beast

“America’s favourite poet.”—The Wall road Journal
“[Billy Collins’s] poetry provides uncomplicated observations, which create a shared event among [him] and his readers, whereas extra revealing how he is taking life’s daily humdrum reports and makes them shiny. whereas Collins’s prior collections have already confirmed his brilliance and endurance as a poet, he maintains to bare an ever-growing maturity.”The occasions Leader

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