Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry

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Billy Collins
Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2003 - Poetry - 323 pages
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A dazzling new anthology of 180 contemporary poems, selected and introduced by America’s Poet Laureate, Billy Collins.

Inspired by Billy Collins’s poem-a-day program with the Library of Congress, Poetry 180 is the perfect anthology for readers who appreciate engaging, thoughtful poems that are an immediate pleasure.

A 180-degree turn implies a turning back—in this case, to poetry. A collection of 180 poems by the most exciting poets at work today, Poetry 180 represents the richness and diversity of the form, and is designed to beckon readers with a selection of poems that are impossible not to love at first glance. Open the anthology to any page and discover a new poem to cherish, or savor all the poems, one at a time, to feel the full measure of contemporary poetry’s vibrance and abundance.

With poems by Catherine Bowman, Lucille Clifton, Billy Collins, Dana Gioia, Edward Hirsch, Galway Kinnell, Kenneth Koch, Philip Levine, Thomas Lux, William Matthews, Frances Mayes, Paul Muldoon, Naomi Shihab Nye, Sharon Olds, Katha Pollitt, Mary Jo Salter, Charles Simic, David Wojahn, Paul Zimmer, and many more.
 

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User Review  - MarieAlt - LibraryThing

Well, I had my brother read 3 of the poems and as a songwriter, guy, nonreader, he liked them. There were quite a few I very much enjoyed, some that I somewhat enjoyed, and just a few I couldn't ... Read full review

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User Review  - debnance - LibraryThing

Recent American Poet Laureates have been very focused on bringing poetry to the people. Billy Collins, appointed Poet Laureate of the United States in 2001, created a list of 180 poems that were ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction to Poetry ool Billy collins
12
On the Death of a Colleague olo Stephen Dunn
19
Lines on 3 Martha Collins
25
hoop snake on 9 Rebecca Wee
32
Song of Smoke oz3 Kevin Young
39
Moderation Kills ExcusezMoi Je Suis Sick
46
The Oldest Living Thing in L A oxo Larry Lewis
53
Only One of My Deaths ox6 Dean Young
61
The Bagel og6 David Ignatow
153
Old Men Playing Basketball 103 s B H Fairchild
166
Beyond Recall 122 Sharon Bryan
191
Birth Day 128 Elise Paschen
197
My Fathers Hats 131 Mark Irwin
203
ballplayer 136 Evie shockley 21
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In Simili Materia 1 40 Timothy Russell
219
The Grammar Lesson 1 44 Steve Kowit
225

Rain o41 Naomi Shihab Nye
68
praise song o44 Lucille Clifton
73
Tour ośl Carol Snow
91
The Printers Error o61 Aaron Fogel
97
Saxs and Selves 120 Mark Halliday 181
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Laertes Cool ogi D C Berry
139
Doing Without 1 48 David Ray
150
Mac Hammond
234
Where Is She? 157 Peter Cherches
241
The Birthday 163 Elizabeth Seydel Morgan
247
49th Birthday Trip What Are You On? 168
254
The Student Theme 173 Ronald Wallace
261
The Yawn 175 Paul Blackburn
263
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Billy Collins is the author of twelve collections of poetry including The Rain in Portugal, Aimless Love, Horoscopes for the Dead, Ballistics, The Trouble with Poetry, Nine Horses, Sailing Alone Around the Room, Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, and Picnic, Lightning. He is also the editor of Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry, 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day, and Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds. A Distinguished Professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York and Senior Distinguished Fellow at the Winter Park Institute of Rollins College, he was Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003 and New York State Poet from 2004 to 2006. In 2016 he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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