Billy Collins In Paperback

One of my favorite poets, Billy Collins, former poet laureate of the U.S., now has “Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems” out in paperback.  I don’t travel anywhere without a “Billy Collins” with me.  He inspires me to see with different eyes.

Read the first stanza of his new poem Winter Syntax:

A sentence starts out like a lone traveler

heading into a blizzard at midnight,

tilting into the wind, one arm shielding his face,

the tails of his thin coat flapping behind him.

Or how about this Advice to Writers:

Even if it keeps you up all night,

wash down the walls and scrub the floor

of your study before composing a syllable.

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