Ballistics (Paperback)

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“I love the self-consciousness and humor Billy Collins brings to poetry. His poems are alive with friendly, kind regard for what-it-means-to-be-human. He's got great talent to craft lines and he does that thing that great poets do, tugging on us, reminding us to appreciate the moment we're in right now. This book was a delight to read and read again.”
— Drea Firth, Maria's Bookshop, Durango, CO


In this moving and playful collection, Billy Collins touches on an array of subjects—love, death, solitude, youth, and aging—delving deeper than ever before into the intricate folds of life.

About the Author

Billy Collins was the Poet Laureate of the United States and the State of New York. He is a Distinguished Professor at Lehman College and a Senior Distinguished Fellow of the Winter Park Institute. A Literary Lion of the New York Public Library and author of many collections of poetry, including Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds and Horoscopes for the Dead, he lives in Westchester, New York.

Praise For…

“Collins reveals the unexpected within the ordinary. He peels back the surface of the humdrum to make the moment new.”
–The Christian Science Monitor

“Billy Collins demonstrates why he is one of our best poets, with his appealing trademark style: a self-deprecating charm, playful wit and unexpected imaginative leaps.”
–San Antonio Express-News

“By careful observation, Collins spins comic gold from the dross of quotidian suburban life. . . . Chipping away at the surface, he surprises you by scraping to the wood underneath, to some deeper truth.”
–Entertainment Weekly

“A poet of plentitude, irony, and Augustan grace.”
–The New Yorker

“It is difficult not to be charmed by Collins, and that in itself is a remarkable literary accomplishment.”
–The New York Review of Books

“Clever, subtle and engaging.”
–Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Product Details
ISBN: 9780812975611
ISBN-10: 0812975618
Publisher: Random House Trade
Publication Date: February 16th, 2010
Pages: 112
Language: English