Taking Off Emily Dickinson's Clothes

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Pan Macmillan UK, Jul 1, 2000 - Poetry - 150 pages
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A funny and moving collection from one of America's bestselling poets

Billy Collins is one of America's best loved poets and comes armed with plaudits from John Updike, E Annie Proulx. He is one of Carol Ann Duffy's favourite living poets and this Selected is the first time he will be published in the UK. From a poem about the relentless barking of next door's dog - Another Reason Why I don't Keep a Gun in the House - to an elegy to The Best Cigarette. Just read one poem and you'll be a committed fan.

Billy Collins gets right to the heart of things. He is one of the funniest poets writing today. Billy Collins is a fantastic performer (his readings at the Poetry festival in Aldeburgh were sold out, as were all his US collections) and will hopefully be brought over by the South Bank, London in the Autumn. His readings are unmissable.

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The clarity of his poems is not geometric - they are full of bits that stick out, strands that just peter out at the end, fits and starts and sudden distractions. It is a good simulation of what a ... Read full review

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About the author (2000)

Billy Collins's poems have been published in the New Yorker, Harper's and many other publications.He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Art and Guggenheim Foundation, among others.He is professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York.He lives in Somers, New York

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