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Rain in Portugal (Hardcover) (Billy Collins)

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From former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins comes a twelfth collection of poetry offering nearly fifty new poems that showcase the generosity, wit, and imaginative play that prompted The Wall Street Journal to call him “America’s favorite poet.”  The Rain in Portugal—a title that admits he’s not much of a rhymer—sheds Collins’s ironic light on such subjects as travel and art, cats and dogs, loneliness and love, beauty and death. His tones range from the whimsical—“the dogs of Minneapolis . . . / have no idea they’re in Minneapolis”—to the elegiac in a reaction to the death of Seamus Heaney. A student of the everyday, here Collins contemplates a weather vane, a still life painting, the calendar, and a child lost at a beach. His imaginative fabrications have Shakespeare flying comfortably in first class and Keith Richards supporting the globe on his head. By turns entertaining, engaging, and enlightening, The Rain in Portugal amounts to another chorus of poems from one of the most respected and familiar voices in the world of American poetry.   On Rhyme  It’s possible that a stitch in time might save as many as twelve or as few as three, and I have no trouble remembering that September has thirty days. So do June, November, and April.   I like a cat wearing a chapeau or a trilby, Little Jack Horner sitting on a sofa, old men who are not from Nantucket, and how life can seem almost unreal when you are gently rowing a boat down a stream.   That’s why instead of recalling today that it mostly pours in Spain, I am going to picture the rain in Portugal, how it falls on the hillside vineyards, on the surface of the deep harbors   where fishing boats are swaying, and in the narrow alleys of the cities where three boys in tee shirts are kicking a soccer ball in the rain, ignoring the window-cries of their mothers.
Number of Pages: 108
Genre: Poetry, Humor
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Random House Inc
Author: Billy Collins
Language: English
Street Date: October 4, 2016
TCIN: 51750647
UPC: 9780679644064
Item Number (DPCI): 248-31-2675
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Its humorous how Billy Collins, imagines all the bygone Greek poets in ‘Santorini’ and then reins in with ‘But let us not go overboard’ And bring us back to the ‘.. clatter of dishes in a kitchen, And other siren songs of an ordinary day’ In ‘One Leg of the Journey’ When he pictures ‘a turtle clim...see moreof the reviewer's review
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