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Billy Collins -- Aimless Love -- Miami Dade College | Wolfson Campus Auditorium
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 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).
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.
About the Author
Billy Collins is the author of ten collections of poetry, including Aimless Love, Horoscopes
for the Dead, Ballistics, The Trouble with Poetry, Nine Horses, Sailing
Alone Around the Room, Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, and Picnic, Lightning. He is also the editor of Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry, 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day, and Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds. A
Distinguished Professor of English at Lehman College of the City
University of New York, and Senior Distinguished Fellow at the Winter
Park Institute of Rollins College, he was Poet Laureate of the United
States from 2001 to 2003 and Poet Laureate of New York State from 2004