02 September 2013

Billy Collins, Aimless Love.  NY: Random House, 2013.

it is the poet's duty
to fall in love
at least once
every day

I wrote that in 1989, which feels like another lifetime.  I have needed this book for a very long time, because I had forgotten how to love aimlessly--"No lust, no slam of the door".

Like Donald Hall, Collins shows us the beauty of the mundane.  These carefully crafted verses don't feel like "poetry", which is the highest complement I can give them.  I think I am going to love this book, the way I love the first drag on a cigarette or a well-spun curve-ball, and come back to it again and again.



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