By Billy Collins; @ 2001 Random House; 172 pages.
Sailing Alone Around the Room is one of the books I bought when I was on my Billy Collins kick. I’m not sure if Collins is my favorite poet in the whole wide world, but there is no doubt that he is talented. Reading him always gets me in the mood to write, and I envy those who were/are so lucky to have him as a professor. Lucky, lucky, lucky.
Sailing Alone Around the Room includes new poems as well as selected poems from The Apple That Astonished Paris (1988), Questions About Angels (1991), The Art of Drowning (1995), and Picnic, Lightning (1998).
The poems out of this book I most responded to were:
- Another Reason Why I Don’t Keep a Gun in the House
- The Lesson
- Winter Syntax
- Advice to Writers
- Introduction to Poetry
- Questions About Angels
- Candle Hat
- The Dead
- Vade Mecum
- Piano Lessons
- Some Final Words