Musical Tables

by Billy Collins is a new collection of poetry from the former poet laureate who has been called “the most popular poet in America”. His uniquely whimsical yet profound voice writes about a wide range of subjects, from animals and nature to love and death. Collins’s verses as short, haiku-like snippets of wit and wisdom, usually with a surprise at the end: “3 A.M./Only my hand/is asleep,/ but it’s a start.” Collins’s poetry is funny, heartbreaking, and memorable, even for those who wouldn’t normally pick up a book of poetry. (Poetry)