- A Selection of Poems
- Narrated by: Billy Collins
- Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 22-10-13
- Language: English
- Publisher: Random House Audio
"Billy Collins puts the 'fun' back in 'profundity.' "
From the two-term Poet Laureate of the United States Billy Collins comes his first compilation of new and selected poems in 12 years. Aimless Love combines 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 with every word, 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.
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By Denis A. on 27-03-14
the audio version is abridged.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Liked the poem "Divorce."
Any additional comments?
It should be noted that the audio has 53 poems while Collins' book contains well over a 100 poems. That said, the selection here is great just wished it carried all the poems the book has.
Also, if you are trying to read along with the book then it could get a bit tedious since the poems on the audio are not in the same order in the book, so be prepared for lots of flipping back and forth between the table of contents then for the page number.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Amy on 28-07-14
In Love with Aimless Love
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I own this book in hard cover, but a visual reading cannot compare with hearing it read by Billy Collins himself. Beginning with the first poem, "The Country" (my favorite humorous poem in the book) and ending with "The Names" written (for the victims of September 11th and their survivors) this book of poetry illustrates the wide scope of Billy Collins poetic gift. It is profound, witty, ironic, and memorable. Buy this book!
What did you like best about this story?
Hearing Billy Collins read his own work, because his emphasis and inflections added insight into his meaning and I felt as if he were in the room with me, saying "Reader" Looker, gazer, skimmer, skipper, thumb-licking page turner.." to me alone.
Which character – as performed by Billy Collins – was your favorite?
I liked the first and last poems in this book the best, but every poem in the book was memorable.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I enjoy listening to a few poems at a time, letting them settle, and rereading. This is a book I will return to again and again.
Any additional comments?
I would like Audible to produce more books of Billy Collin's poetry and perhaps his anthologies of collected poems from other poets, such as 180.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful