Billy Collins' Aristotle
I have been reading a bit from Billy Collins again this morning, including this, his "Aristotle
", which, no doubt isn't that hard to critique, and yet, you must admit is a good effort. This guy Collins is a poet of everything he sees and touches and hears and sees. Impressive. There is also this, "Reading an Anthology of Chinese Poems of the Sung Dynasty, I Pause To Admire the Length and Clarity of Their Titles
", and also, "Her
I just got one of his volumes of poems called, "The Trouble with Poetry and Other Poems," and I just noticed the epigraph in it is from Henry James: "My idea of paradise is a perfect automobile going about thirty miles an hour on a smooth road to a twelfth century cathedral." That's probably the best thing James ever wrote.
1:28 PM / February 21, 2011