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The Apple that Astonished Paris In the University of Arkansas Press published Billy Collins s The Apple That Astonished Paris his first real book of poems as he describes it in a new delightful preface written expressly for

  • Title: The Apple that Astonished Paris
  • Author: Billy Collins
  • ISBN: 9781557280244
  • Page: 355
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1988 the University of Arkansas Press published Billy Collins s The Apple That Astonished Paris, his first real book of poems, as he describes it in a new, delightful preface written expressly for this new printing to help celebrate both the Press s twenty fifth anniversary and this book, one of the Press s all time best sellers In his usual witty and dry style, CollIn 1988 the University of Arkansas Press published Billy Collins s The Apple That Astonished Paris, his first real book of poems, as he describes it in a new, delightful preface written expressly for this new printing to help celebrate both the Press s twenty fifth anniversary and this book, one of the Press s all time best sellers In his usual witty and dry style, Collins writes, I gathered together what I considered my best poems and threw them in the mail After what seemed like a very long time Press director Miller Williams, a poet as well, returned the poems to him in the familiar self addressed, stamped envelope He told Collins that there was good work here but that there was work to be done before he d have a real collection he and the Press could be proud of Williams s words were encouragement than I had ever gotten before and than enough to inspire me to begin taking my writing seriously than I had before This collection includes some of Collins s most anthologized poems, including Introduction to Poetry, Another Reason Why I Don t Keep a Gun in the House, and Advice to Writers Its success over the years is testament to Collins s talent as one of our best poets, and as he writes in the preface, this new edition is a credit to the sustained vibrancy of the University of Arkansas Press and, I suspect, to the abiding spirit of its former director, my first editorial father.

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    1. Brent Legault on said:

      I know it's a little corny (okay, it's very, very corny) but I thought I'd try to read a book of poems a day for the next thirty days (on account of it being National Poetry Month). Stupid? Perhaps. (It's a bit like reading The Autobiography of Malcom X in February.)Anyway, I sponser a lot of poetry, I hawk it in my shop, I listen to it, praise it, nod at it, generally acknowledge its importance, etc. But I rarely just sit down and read it. Hypocrite? Probably. But I'm willing to change.So.Here' [...]

    2. Colin Bailes on said:

      What I learned from Billy Collins as a poet: poetry doesn't always have to be depressing and there is a lighter side to life that is worth taking a look at. Billy Collins' poems do sometimes delve into deep or depressing matters, but his wittiness helps buffer those moments. A poet shouldn't always throw the worst of the world at the reader. Sometimes, we need a poet who makes us laugh.

    3. Jennybeast on said:

      I was looking for language and wry humor and Billy Collins fit the bill. This time and every time, he delivers the sublime and the ridiculous.

    4. Jaffa Kintigh on said:

      This is my second time reading this collection. It is easy to read and clever, though the cleverness is usually cloying. I look for beauty in the poems I read, in particular, the beauty of describing something in a way that transcends the component words. Cleverness does not equal beauty.The first poem that really got my attention was "Flying to the Funeral." It opens with both a wonderful depiction of what it feels like to look out a plane at the world below and with that aching feeling where a [...]

    5. Mmars on said:

      Very accomplished early effort. At times they felt a bit like practice poems, but that is a squabble. Few of us could even write one poem in our lifetimes that could come close to anything Collins has written here. Many of these poems relate to things literary - reading, writing, language, etc. Something I enjoyed a lot. It was one of the ars poetica pieces that drew me to the book and as I read I had no idea which one it was. But for me, that was a good thing.

    6. Sara Diane on said:

      Billy Collins is, hands-down, the best poet in America at this time. I am never disapointed in his work. I was first introduced to Billy in college (literarly, he came to do a reading at my school) and I've been in love ever since. Even if you aren't a fan of poetry, you will find something in Collins' work to love. He writes beautiful, witty and surprizing poems.

    7. Marsha on said:

      I like Billy Collins. I was reminded to read him again when I recently read The Wonder Spot , and narrator Sophie Applebaum read him. "Another Reason Why I Don't Keep a Gun in the House" remains my favorite (and is also Sophie's favorite).

    8. Graeme Anderson on said:

      Brilliant It's Billy Collins! It's poetry! In both meanings of the word. Re-read time and again.Makes you laugh and think!Buy, read, enjoy!

    9. Reed on said:

      Another great poetry collection by Billy Collins. This was his first true book of poetry. As with his other collections, a great opportunity to learn about topics: Hart Crane was a poet who committed suicide; Plight of the Troubadour explains langue d'oc vs langue d'oil. Other great poems include Vanishing Point; Fur; Bar Time; and Introduction to Poetry. Easy to read and enlightening.

    10. Lia on said:

      I appreciate how often Billy Collins can get me to laugh or smile when I'm reading his poetry.

    11. Jake Cooper on said:

      Earnest Collins is cloying (eg "Advice to Writers"), but cynical Collins is fun (eg "Flames").

    12. Margaret Fisk on said:

      Originally posted on Tales to Tide You OverI rarely read a book of poetry, and my taste runs more to Rudyard Kipling than most modern poetry. However, when I learned this book included a poem on etymology (something of a pleasure for me), I undertook to explore Billy Collins’ poetry.What I discovered was articulate and evocative description to delight and surprise me. His ability to capture a place, time, or mood is significant, and I believe I enjoyed every one of the poems in the first secti [...]

    13. Jacquelin Devlin on said:

      The odd slant of Billie Collins’ poems is often like a childrens’ sliding board into deeper, more adult domains. His intentionally reader-friendly openings set one comfortably on that slide, and then comes the push. He looks at the world from the other side of “The Vanishing Point.” He wants to visit “The Blue” to “watch the brainstorms gathering darkly.” He writes about the campfire of “Cancer.” These are poems I wanted to read to other people, poems I wanted to reread again [...]

    14. David Feela on said:

      If you've hated poetry since high school, this is the book for you. It's Collins's first "real" book of poetry, as he says, published by a major publishing house. The poems are tiny gems that glitter and prompt a closer look. It took me a month to read this short book because I savored two poems a day. The genre is perfect for those of us who snatch moments out of the day to read, just as Collins snatches moments out of the world to center his poetic sensibility. And for anyone that doesn't know [...]

    15. Hannah Jane on said:

      Favorite lines:The Frankenstein Poet: "He fingers one of the wooden pegs the doctor tapped into his temples, little handlebars of the imagination now, and his pencil moves in the darkness to a jostling of vocabulary." The Past: "but then a little metaphor begins to grow with such detail that it becomes a place"Books: "I picture a figure in the act of reading, shoes on a desk, head tilted into the wind of a book"Child Development: "Every day a new one arrives and is added to the repertoire. You D [...]

    16. Nicholas Trandahl on said:

      I'm speechless. Almost. What Billy Collins deems his debut collection, "The Apple That Astonished Paris", has humbled me. What a master Collins is, what an American master that arranges simple language into poems blazing with poignancy and importance. He humanizes everything from "time" to "emotions", and he's got a metaphor for any and every circumstance. This collection was arranged into two sections, the first being AWAY and the second being HOME. The poems comprising HOME were much more my s [...]

    17. Kevin Brown on said:

      This volume has everything that makes Collins great, but it is obviously his early work. His curiosity and keen sight are apparent in every poem, but they often lack the subtlety and sophistication that mark his more mature poems. Three of my favorites from the collection were: "Vanishing Point", "Strange Lands", and "Cancer".

    18. Adria Goetz on said:

      Though it was Collins' first collection of poetry, I think it is my favorite. I often love poets' first books. They're never as polished, but I think that makes them have more flavor. If you are interested in poetry, you need to read this book!

    19. Jen on said:

      "Introduction to Poetry" and "Another Reason Why I Don't Keep a Gun in the House" are the two most famous poems from this collection, Collins' first book of poetry. I love nearly all of them, including a quiet little poem called "Tourist: Dromahair, Co. Sligo."

    20. Kate on said:

      He moves from paragraph to paragraphas if touring a house of endless, panelled rooms.Imagine squatting in the wastelandof Pluto, all five tons of you,or wandering around Mercurywondering what to do next with your ounce.

    21. Shoshana on said:

      Quite a few poems in here made me laugh out loud or jump to share them with people. Thank you, Billy Collins. Thank you for making sense.

    22. Steve on said:

      Billy Collins is a great poetis is from someone who does not read a lot of poetry, but his reaches me. It is usually easy to read and understand and usually has a laugh in it as well.

    23. AC on said:

      Somehow, not as gripping as most of his works, but still an ok read.

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