New York Times: Download Billy Collins

November 18, 2013 4:38 pm In the News

Billy Collins is a best-selling poet who served as poet laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003. His latest collection of poetry is “Aimless Love.”

READING I’m a nearly uncontrollable Geoff Dyer fan, who I think is one of the most comically brilliant writers today. His little book, “The Missing of the Somme,” about how World War I is remembered in England, led me to Paul Fussell’s monumental “The Great War and Modern Memory,” which views the war very much through the lens of its poetry.

Let’s see, I just reread Graham Greene’s “The Quiet American,” which managed to stimulate my dormant Catholicism. A couple of months ago I prepared for a trip to Russia by reading Mikhail Bulgakov’s “The Master and Margarita” and “Moscow to the End of the Line,” by Venedikt Erofeev. As for poetry, I am really struck by Sophie Cabot Black’s new collection, “The Exchange.” She’s concocted a way of speaking in poetry that’s very fresh and daring.

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