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Book Title: The Art of Drowning|
The author of the book: Billy Collins
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Reader ratings: 4.6
Edition: University of Pittsburgh Press
Date of issue: June 29th 1995
ISBN 13: 9780822938934
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Enjoyed this book of poetry by Collins, especially the first section. Part 1 was a full-on 5 for me, the others a 4. However, since I loved the first part so very much, I'm giving the book a 5 overall. :D My favorite lines:
p 9, Osso Buco, "In a while, one of us will go to bed / and the other one will follow. / Then we will slip below the surface of the night / into miles of water, drifting down and down / to the dark, soundless bottom / until the weight of dreams pulls us lower still, / below the shale and layered rock, / beneath the shale and layered rock, / beneath the strata of hunger and pleasure, / into the broken bones of the earth itself, / into the marrow of the only place we know."
p 11, Directions, "But it is hard to speak of these things / how the voice of light enters the body / and begin to recite their stories / how the earth holds us painfully against / its breast made of human and brambles / (...) taking the vast outside into ourselves."
p 15, Water Table, "But some nights, I must tell you, / I go down there after everyone has fallen asleep. / I swim back and forth in the echoing blackness. / I sing a love song as well as I can, / lost for awhile in the home of the rain."
p 21, Cheers, "Here's to the wind blowing against this lighted house / and to the vast, windless spaces between the stars."
p 26, Days, "Each one is a gift, no doubt, / mysteriously placed in your waking hand / or set upon your forehead / moments before you open your eyes."
p 29, Tuesday, June 4, 1991, "But tomorrow, dawn will come the way I picture her, // barefoot and disheveled, standing outside my window / in one of the fragile cotton dresses of the poor. / She will look at me with her thin arms extended, / offering a handful of birdsong and a small cup of light."
p 49, On Turning Ten, "It seems only yesterday I used to believe / there was nothing under my skin but light. / If you cut me I would shine. / But now when I fall upon the sidewalks of life, / I skin my knees. I bleed."
p 72, The End of the World, "A gigantic door might close. A horrible bell could ring. / We could have fire, ice, bang, and whimper all at once. // But who has time to consider such horrors / when the world's body keeps pressing up against us / with the weight of its beauty, its dizzying sea cliffs / and coasting birds, its rolling fairways and deep pine woods?"
p 75, Design, "This is the wheel of fortune, / the Arctic Circle. / This is the ring of Kerry / and the white rose of Tralee / I say to the ghosts of my family, / the dead fathers, / the aunt who drowned, / my unborn brothers and sisters, / my unborn children. / This is the sun with its glittering spokes / and the bitter moon."
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Read information about the authorWilliam A. ("Billy") Collins is an American poet. He served two terms as the Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003. In his home state, Collins has been recognized as a Literary Lion of the New York Public Library (1992) and selected as the New York State Poet for 2004.
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