Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry

Billy Collins Barbara M. Bachman

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Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry

Poetry A Turning Back to Poetry A dazzling new anthology of 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 Poetr

  • Title: Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry
  • Author: Billy Collins Barbara M. Bachman
  • ISBN: 9780812968873
  • Page: 283
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 pA 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 .

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    1. C.A. on said:

      The introduction to this book is such bullshit! Some friends say it's best to just ignore such nonsense that SPEWS out of Billy Collins, the Phil Collins of POETRY! And I say NO, DON'T IGNORE IT! How can we?He makes an argument AGAINST experimentation in poetry in his introduction much like one would tell a child to NOT run barefoot through the field of broken glass down the street.The truth is that Billy Collins IS THE REASON the very BIG and UGLY REASON I have found myself doing damage control [...]

    2. Charles on said:

      I commend Billy Collins and the Library of Congress for this initiative. The whole goal of this book is to re-introduce ourselves to poetry as entertainment -- as a pastime rather than as a lesson plan. Well, we've been reading one poem aloud at the beginning of every class, and I think the sheer practice is more important than anything else we've gotten from this collection. Only about one in five poems really "moves" my honors class of sophomores. and I have to say I'm mostly in agreement. Thi [...]

    3. Cynthia on said:

      I don't love poetry but i love billy collins, and he makes me want to give poetry a second chance. I saw this collection at the library; it's a book of 180 poems that were selected for the 180 program he created as poet laureate, when students at high schools had the chance to hear one poem on every school day — with no pressure to interpret, respond, write a paper, anything. His introduction touches on exactly why I and apparently so many other people gave up on poetry; he uses the syllogism [...]

    4. Becky on said:

      My fiance and I are reading through this together, slowly -- we get to it before bed once a week or so, and then only for a handful of poems. I love reading new poetry aloud with someone, as it allows and forces me to go more slowly and reflect/discuss what I'm hearing. This particular anthology is perfect for this: it was edited by Billy Collins, who specifically went for poetry that is easy to access, heavy on imagery (unsurprising from him, as this tends to be the style he writes with as well [...]

    5. Sarah on said:

      Rather than actually finishing this book, I've decided to put it down. Like with much of contemporary poetry, I have trouble getting into it. In the first 65 pages, there were some lovely and fun poems (William Matthews' "A Poetry Reading at West Point," for instance), but my feet feel heavy trying to get through it all. I will likely return to this book, but for now I would like to concentrate on some of the more seminal poets in American Poetry.I will say that I think Billy Collins accomplishe [...]

    6. Karen on said:

      The longer I live with this collection, the more I find to love in it. If you'd like to read a great assortment of accessible, quirky, and sometimes brilliant contemporary poetry, pick this one up!

    7. M.J. Lau on said:

      A great collection of fairly modern poems -- ideal for secondary students

    8. Jimbo on said:

      Most of the poems are good. Some are really good! Lots of new ideas and perspectives to think about.

    9. Paul on said:

      It's hard for me to give any anthology five stars. I enjoyed many of the poens in this collection, there were a few that I found underwhelming. Some of my favorites include the following: The Panic Bird, by Robert Phillips; Ordinance on Arrival, by Naomi Lazard, and; What He Thpught, by Heather McHugh.

    10. Roxanne Russell on said:

      My favs in this collection:Aaron Fogel The Printer's ErrorNick Flynn Cartoon Physics, Part 1David Berman SnowCarol Ann Duffy Queen HerodDavid Lehman June 11David Clewell Vegetarian PhysicsJoe Wenderoth My LifeNaomi Shihab Nye For Mohammad Zeus, Age 15Sharon Olds The QuestDavid Hilton In Praise of Bic PensKaylin Haught God Says Yes to MeMarie Howe How Many Times

    11. Simon on said:

      Fabulous collection with the feeling that Billy Collins is right there with you sharing these as you read on and on. Lots of new names to me (I'm shamefully uneducated in North American poetry) and quite a few old friends.I wish the UK had a Billy Collins.

    12. Jon on said:

      Every high school student can come to love poetry. Yikes, did I really say that? Even the seemingly simple-minded athletic types whom Dr. Johnson in his early dictionary would have dismissed as “brutes”? I’m including everyone, and I’ve found the method to reach everyone. In Poetry 180, Billy Collins delivers 180 poems that he feels are accessible to high school students and of interest to them. The number, 180, corresponds to the days that we are in school (when winter storms aren’t c [...]

    13. Shawn Sorensen on said:

      I was hooked when one of Dorianne Laux's poems was near the front. A very un-Billy Collins type of poet. And I found in this collection deeper, more meaningful poems that what I would normally expect from Collins, a very readable and, dare I say - charming - writer. Still, most of the poems were like Collins's work itself: free verse, conversational, descriptive and sympathetic but not all that poignant. Funny but slightly inane. Mainly centered around what seems to be his major couple of topics [...]

    14. Beth Casey on said:

      Wonderful collection! Introduced me to unknown poets to pursue.

    15. Jennifer on said:

      For the most part, I thought this book was a valiant attempt to get high school students and the general public into some contemporary poetry without either boring the hell out of them or scaring them away from more. Of course, with any anthology, there are some winners and losers - and I would say that might entirely depend on what type of poetry reader you are (I tend to hate most really abstract poetry, especially if it's too absurd - which is why I hate existential literature - I could write [...]

    16. Peter Tavolacci on said:

      Billy Collins has offered an outstanding collection of poetry here. These poems are readily accessible to a wide range of readership. This poetical assortment is headed off with Collins's poem, "Introduction to Poetry," which sets the tone for the rest of the collection, combatting the academy's sole desire to "tie the poem to a chair with rope / and torture a confession out of it. / They begin beating it with a hose / to find out what it really means."Absolutely wonderful. And such fantastic po [...]

    17. BJ Rose on said:

      When I saw that this anthology was put together by a former Poet Laureate of the U.S I looked forward to reading, as the back cover promises, a collection of poems "by the most exciting poets at work today." I love poetry of all kinds, free-verse or rhyming, serious or silly, realistic or fantastic, so I picked this up with high expectations, and I guess that was my problem. I expected some of them to be dark - and some are; I expected some to be silly - and some are; I expected some to be poign [...]

    18. Julie on said:

      I am an English teacher. Poetry is not my favorite genre, nor is it in the top five. Come to think of it, I don't enjoy poetry in the least bit. So I read Poetry 180 at the suggestion of one of my colleagues, and I was definitely hooked. Billy Collins is amazing. The poetry is rich in figurative elements and poetry terms I teach to prepare seniors for the AP test, yet is accessible for even my struggling readers at the freshmen level. The poems are interesting and make for great class discussion [...]

    19. Liz VanDerwerken on said:

      Poetry 180 is a wonderful anthology of contemporary poems, and one which I would definitely revisit. This would be a good introductory collection to anyone wanting to read more poetry, but who is not sure where to start. As Billy Collins states in the introduction, "The idea behind the printed collectionwas to assemble a generous selection of short, clear, contemporary poems—poems whose injection of pleasure is immediate."

    20. Nancy on said:

      Collins is a master poet! I love his humor and imagination--how he takes ordinary every day happenings and objects and enhances them with poetic expression. In this volume he selects some of his favorite poets, including an old school mate of mine from Indiana University, Dean Young, an accomplished poet in his own right. I read this book cover to cover three years ago, but keep it on a handy shelf to refer to often.

    21. Rob on said:

      The "turning back to poetry" is a wonderful idea. I love that he targets the book toward high schoolers and encouraged them to read just one contemporary poem for each day of the school year. It's a little effort that can really go a long way. He features some great poets as well, i.e. Charles Simic, Lucille Clifton, Galway Kinnell, and Sharon Olds. Definitely recommend for high schoolers, or anyone interested in casually reading poetry.

    22. Texx Norman on said:

      I lent my copy out and never got it back. Ten years ago I was teaching high school English and shared poems from this book most days. The kids who thought they hated poetry found day after day that there were a whole lot of poems they loved. This book also sent me on a search to buy the books of many of these poets.

    23. Margie on said:

      A truly excellent anthology of modern verse. Collins selected poetry that was a) modern and b) accessible. Originally designed to be used as a poem-a-day program for high schools (Collins's laureate program), this collection could really help turn on younger readers to poetry.

    24. Davelowusa on said:

      This is a great book of poetry to enjoy. Not to dissect and lose sleep over. To enjoy. To find something you relate to. To love the sound of a line. And then to move on from.Wouldn't it be nice if English teachers taught poetry that way?

    25. Mary Christine Delea on said:

      A very diverse poetry anthology, and a great book for new readers of poetry and us "old" readers as well.

    26. Victoria on said:

      Really great collection of poetry. I found I was inspired by quite a few of them. I even got a couple of story ideas from it. Who said poetry isn't relevant anymore?

    27. AlisonRobinson on said:

      Great way to incorporate and encourage poetry in education without smothering it.

    28. Brian Wasserman on said:

      The phrase page turner doesnt quite fit here, more like page skipper. I think if anyone within or outside the US wants an idea of the state of contemporary poetry this is fine book to read. Most of the poems are deeply self centered and basic prose. The ambition of this book is in an initiative to engage young students to read poetry. If anything I have discovered poets I might not have otherwise heard of, so that is one benefit.

    29. Bill Lancaster on said:

      I read poetry extensively in high school and college, but dropped shortly after. I lost interest as poems became more esoteric, more difficult, and more about themselves. This book is different. The poems are accessible, and though not uniformly "easy", they are understandable on a first read. And they are good. The editor, Billy Collins, has carefully chosen a diverse group of poems that address a broad spectrum of ideas, issues and circumstances.

    30. Catherine on said:

      Some poems one star, others were five. The editor said that this would be a very accessible collection, were you didn't need to stop and think about what the poems meant. I disagree. Some of them seemed completely meaningless and I spent way too much time trying to figure out what they might've meant. Others were wonderful, but those are in the minority.

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