Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins

By Billy Collins

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“Billy Collins places the ‘fun’ again in ‘profundity.’ ”—Alice Fulton

From the two-term Poet Laureate of the USA Billy Collins comes his first compilation of latest and chosen poems in twelve years. Aimless Love combines greater than fifty new poems with decisions from 4 prior books—Nine Horses, the difficulty with Poetry, Ballistics, and Horoscopes for the useless. Collins’s unmistakable voice, which brings jointly undeniable speech with ingenious shock, is obviously heard on each web page, reminding us how he has controlled to complement the tapestry of latest poetry and vastly extend its viewers. His paintings is featured in most sensible literary magazines akin to The New Yorker, Poetry, and The Atlantic, and he sells out analyzing venues all around the nation. showing usually in The top American Poetry sequence, his poems attract readers and reside audiences in every single place and feature been translated into greater than a dozen languages. by way of turns playful, ironic, and critical, Collins’s poetry captures the nuances of way of life whereas top the reader into zones of encouraged ask yourself. within the poet’s personal phrases, he hopes that his poems “begin in Kansas and lead to Oz.” bearing on the subjects of affection, loss, pleasure, and poetry itself, those poems show off the easiest paintings of this “poet of plenitude, irony, and Augustan grace” (The New Yorker).

Envoy
 
cross, little book,
out of this residence and into the world,
 
carriage made up of paper rolling towards town
bearing a unmarried passenger
past the achieve of this jittery pen
and much from the table and the nosy gooseneck lamp.
 
it's time to decamp,
wear a jacket and enterprise outside,
time to be seemed via different eyes,
absolute to be held in international hands.
 
So off you move, babies of the brain,
with a wave and a few bits of fatherly advice:
 
remain out as overdue as you like,
don’t hassle to name or write,
and seek advice from as many strangers as you can.

Praise for Aimless Love

“[Billy Collins] is in a position, with useful few phrases, to make me cry. Or snicker out loud. he's a notable artist. To have such energy in such an abbreviated shape is deeply inspiring.”—J.J. Abrams, The manhattan occasions booklet Review
 
“Layered, subtly witty poems that anybody can comprehend and appreciate—even those that don’t regularly like poetry . . . [Collins] is wry, superb, and without problems communicates the techniques many readers want they'd concept or stated themselves. . . . The Collins in those pages is unique, evocative, and is aware easy methods to make the style clean and relevant.”The Christian technology Monitor

“Collins’s new poems include every little thing you’ve come to anticipate from a Billy Collins poem. They stand solidly on even floor, chiseled and unbreakable. Their phraseology is sublime, the humor is alive, and the speaker keeps to walk at his personal velocity throughout the plainness of yank life.”The day-by-day Beast

“America’s favourite poet.”—The Wall highway Journal
 
“[Billy Collins’s] poetry provides uncomplicated observations, which create a shared adventure among [him] and his readers, whereas additional revealing how he is taking life’s daily humdrum stories and makes them bright. whereas Collins’s earlier collections have already verified his brilliance and endurance as a poet, he maintains to bare an ever-growing maturity.”The occasions Leader

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“Billy Collins places the ‘fun’ again in ‘profundity. ’ ”—Alice Fulton

From the two-term Poet Laureate of the us Billy Collins comes his first compilation of latest and chosen poems in twelve years. Aimless Love combines greater than fifty new poems with choices from 4 past books—Nine Horses, the difficulty with Poetry, Ballistics, and Horoscopes for the lifeless. Collins’s unmistakable voice, which brings jointly simple speech with creative shock, is obviously heard on each web page, reminding us how he has controlled to complement the tapestry of latest poetry and significantly extend its viewers. His paintings is featured in best literary magazines similar to the hot Yorker, Poetry, and The Atlantic, and he sells out interpreting venues all around the state. showing frequently within the most sensible American Poetry sequence, his poems attract readers and reside audiences in every single place and feature been translated into greater than a dozen languages. through turns playful, ironic, and critical, Collins’s poetry captures the nuances of way of life whereas best the reader into zones of encouraged ask yourself. within the poet’s personal phrases, he hopes that his poems “begin in Kansas and lead to oz.. ” pertaining to the subjects of affection, loss, pleasure, and poetry itself, those poems show off the simplest paintings of this “poet of plenitude, irony, and Augustan grace” (The New Yorker).

Envoy
 
cross, little book,
out of this condominium and into the world,
 
carriage made up of paper rolling towards city
bearing a unmarried passenger
past the succeed in of this jittery pen
and much from the table and the nosy gooseneck lamp.
 
it's time to decamp,
wear a jacket and enterprise outside,
time to be looked through different eyes,
certain to be held in international hands.
 
So off you pass, babies of the brain,
with a wave and a few bits of fatherly advice:
 
remain out as overdue as you like,
don’t hassle to name or write,
and seek advice from as many strangers as you can.

Praise for Aimless Love

“[Billy Collins] is ready, with worthwhile few phrases, to make me cry. Or giggle out loud. he's a extraordinary artist. To have such strength in such an abbreviated shape is deeply inspiring. ”—J. J. Abrams, the hot York instances booklet evaluate
 
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“[Billy Collins’s] poetry offers uncomplicated observations, which create a shared adventure among [him] and his readers, whereas additional revealing how he is taking life’s daily humdrum stories and makes them bright. whereas Collins’s earlier collections have already tested his brilliance and endurance as a poet, he keeps to bare an ever-growing adulthood. ”—The instances chief

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Otherwise, we are back to the impossible transparencies of Borges’s Menard, his comic though quietly terrifying book of mirrors, a total introjection of the other. Difference and even a certain incongruity in translation need hardly be betrayal (alone), but is, potentially—as an act of beholding that preserves the ongoing particularity of the original while creating something new in the receiving language, most loyal and, strangely perhaps, most loving. Meaning-content of the work translated can be enhanced by the very motion of linguistic transfer, however free or literal, and each (potential) return to the original is made richer by contact with other tongues in the charged fields of its translations.

9 The foster mother speaks to her mother: We are utterly confused by our girl slender as a creeper her long eyebrows curved like bows, the very image of god’s Red Lady sitting in the Lotus. She stands there hungry for mercy; she hears with wonder of his dwelling in the town of the serpent king— our god the only cure for the sickness of bad karma one with the holy hill. 31 O first cause! Primal Father who came at the Elephant’s first cry. Afterword We begin this anthology with the first of two of Ven˙katesa’s surviving Tamil poems for Devanayaka, mentioned in the account of his vision of the Lord near the river Peppai: his Mummapikko¯vai.

Introduction 11 with multiple religious communities—Buddhist, Jain, Hindu—and a decidedly cosmopolitan atmosphere. The city had deep roots in transregional brahminical Sanskrit learning, though it also fostered the development of regional cosmopolitan literatures, most notably in Pali and Tamil. Along with working in three major languages of his southern tradition— Sanskrit, Tamil, and Maharastrı¯ Prakrit—Vexkatesa was a master of many __ _ genres of philosophical prose and poetry. He wrote long ornate religious poems (ka¯vyas) in Sanskrit; a Sanskrit allegorical drama (na¯taka); long religious _ lyric hymns (stotras and prabandhams) in Sanskrit, Maharastrı¯ Prakrit, and in __ Tamil; as well as commentaries and original works of philosophy, theology, and logic in Sanskrit and in a hybrid combination of the Sanskrit and Tamil languages called maniprava¯la (‘‘ jewels and coral’’).

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