By Laura Wynkoop
"For all who bravely dare
To learn this haunted sonnet,
May you be made aware
A spell’s been solid upon it."
From spiders to mummies to the elusive Boogeyman, those pages carry a bit of every thing creepy, crawly, and simply simple spooky. With a pinch of terror and a touch of humor, readers could be forged right into a shadowy international, the place creatures lurk and nightmares reside. Surprises abound on each web page, ready to tug in readers...sometimes literally...
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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 choices from 4 earlier books—Nine Horses, the difficulty with Poetry, Ballistics, and Horoscopes for the useless. Collins’s unmistakable voice, which brings jointly undeniable speech with resourceful shock, is obviously heard on each web page, reminding us how he has controlled to complement the tapestry of up to date poetry and significantly extend its viewers. His paintings is featured in best literary magazines equivalent to the hot Yorker, Poetry, and The Atlantic, and he sells out examining venues all around the kingdom. showing on a regular basis within the top American Poetry sequence, his poems entice readers and dwell audiences in every single place and feature been translated into greater than a dozen languages. via turns playful, ironic, and severe, 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 result in oz.. ” relating 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).
cross, little book,
out of this condo and into the world,
carriage made from 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 appeared via different eyes,
absolute to be held in overseas 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 trouble to name or write,
and seek advice from as many strangers as you can.
Praise for Aimless Love
“[Billy Collins] is ready, with necessary few phrases, to make me cry. Or chortle out loud. he's a striking artist. To have such energy in such an abbreviated shape is deeply inspiring. ”—J. J. Abrams, the hot York instances booklet evaluate
“Layered, subtly witty poems that any one can comprehend and appreciate—even those that don’t regularly like poetry . . . [Collins] is wry, brilliant, and without problems communicates the options many readers want they'd proposal or acknowledged themselves. . . . The Collins in those pages is certain, evocative, and is familiar with the way to make the style clean and correct. ”—The Christian technological know-how 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 classy, the humor is alive, and the speaker keeps to walk at his personal velocity in the course of the plainness of yankee lifestyles. ”—The day-by-day Beast
“America’s favourite poet. ”—The Wall road Journal
“[Billy Collins’s] poetry provides basic observations, which create a shared adventure among [him] and his readers, whereas extra revealing how he's taking life’s daily humdrum reports and makes them vivid. whereas Collins’s past collections have already tested his brilliance and endurance as a poet, he keeps to bare an ever-growing adulthood. ”—The instances chief
A robust new assortment from an award-winning poet Robert Wrigley has turn into certainly one of his generation's such a lot entire poets, popular for his irony, energy, and lucid sort and for his skill to fuse narrative and lyrical impulses. Like its namesake—Robert Burton's seventeenth-century exam of human techniques and emotions—Wrigley's new assortment skill to ascertain our global throughout the lens of melancholia.
This quantity brings jointly all of Kenneth Rexroth’s shorter poems from 1920 to the current, together with a gaggle of latest poems written because the book of ordinary Numbers, drawn from seven prior books. This quantity brings jointly all of Kenneth Rexroth’s shorter poems from 1920 to the current, together with a bunch of recent poems written because the ebook of usual Numbers, drawn from seven previous books.
During this better half quantity to ]i]Singing the physique of God[/i] (Oxford 2002), Steven P. Hopkins has translated into modern American English verse poems written by means of the South Indian Srivaisnava thinker and saint-poet Venkatesa (c. 1268-1369).
These poems, in 3 varied languages - Sanskrit, Tamil, and Maharastri Prakrit -- composed for one specific Hindu god, Vishnu Devanayaka, the "Lord of Gods" at Tiruvahindrapuram, shape a microcosm of the saint-poet's paintings.
They surround significant issues of Venkatesa's devotional poetics, from the play of divine absence and presence on the planet of non secular feelings; the "telescoping" of time prior and destiny within the everlasting "present" of the poem; love, human vulnerability and the impassible perfected physique of god; to the devotional adventure of a "beauty that saves" and to what Hopkins phrases the paradoxical coexistence of asymmetry and intimacy of lover and loved on the middle of the divine-human stumble upon.
Moreover, those poems shape not just a thematic microcosm, yet a linguistic one embracing all 3 of the poet's operating languages. just like the remembered global of Proust's Combray within the flavor of madeleine dipped in tea, or Blake's international in a Grain of Sand, we style and notice, during this one specific position, and during this one specific kind of Vishnu, quite a few protean varieties and powers of the divine, and hint a veritable summa of theological, philosophical, and literary designs.
Each translated poem varieties a bankruptcy in itself, has its personal person brief Afterword, besides certain linguistic and thematic notes and statement. the quantity concludes, for comparative purposes, with a translation of Tirumankaiyalvar's luminous cycle of verses for Devanayaka from the Periyatirumoli.
As a lot a controversy as an anthology, this e-book could be of curiosity to scholars and students of South Asian stories, comparative faith, and Indian literatures.
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I race and I rage With no creature to stop me. I’m fierce and I’m fearless, Yet I am alone. Alone and so lonely, My ragged howl echoes— A mournful, lost cry In a damp, dreary cave. But you! You would make This night so inviting, The hunt more exciting. Come with me—be brave. Though some flee before me, I’m really quite charming. I’m sweet as a puppy— Romantic, polite. Come with me, my love, And we’ll chase down the moonlight. You’ve nothing to fear. I will take Just One Bite! ” I took him home and grabbed a knife To make my pumpkin come to life.
The vampire bat With flapsy wings? The red-eyed rat Who chews dead things? That fearsome viper With fangs so bold? Let’s see—oh, no! I haves no gold. No flamey dragon So scalesome cute— Guess I’ll just takes This free dead newt. 39 Ghost Fish By William Shakespeery The goldfish had died an unfortunate death, Now his ghost haunts the toilet at night. Upside-down in the water, He waits in the darkness, His scales glowing skeleton-white. “I won’t be forgotten,” he bubbles in silence, While floating in fiendish delight.
I won’t be forgotten,” he bubbles in silence, While floating in fiendish delight. And when sleepy-eyed people Come park on the potty, He leaps up and gives them a fright. 40 Voices By Jennifer Cole Judd A murmur down the hallway, A wail upon the breeze. A rustle from the patio, A whisper in the trees. A sigh inside my closet, Behind my bed, a groan. Why must these ghosts get chatty Whenever I’m alone? Owl By Laura Wynkoop A shadow lurks among the leaves, Its amber eyes aglow. As still as stone, it guards the night Until it’s summoned into flight.