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January 1999
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Questions About Angels
Collins, Billy
To celebrate Billy Collins’s years as U.S. Poet Laureate, we are pleased to announce this special hardcover edition of one of the books that helped establish and secure his reputation in the 1990s.

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Billy Collins, named U.S. Poet Laureate in June 2001 and reappointed to the post in 2002, has published seven collections of poetry, including The Apple That Astonished Paris; Nine Horses; The Art of Drowning; Picnic, Lightning; Questions about Angels; and Sailing Alone Around the Room. A professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York, he lives in Somers, New York.
“Billy Collins can be downright funny; he’s a parodist, a feigning trickster, an ironic, entertaining magician-as-hero. . . . Without question, Collins writes with verve, gumption and deep intelligence. Not many poets can infuse humor with such serious knowledge; not many can range so far throughout history and look so freshly into the future. Not many can please so thoroughly and still manage to chide, prod, urge, criticize, and teach.”—David Baker, Poetry

“No freshly encountered poet since Frank O’Hara has given me, as a common reader, more unalloyed pleasure.” —Warner Berthoff, Boston Book Review

“One of the richest imaginations around . . . the affectionate humor with which Mr. Collins regards his surroundings amounts to a powerful kind of love, a reverence of the moment.”—The Washington Post

• “Collins is jazzman and Buddhist, charmer and prince.”—Booklist

“Mr. Collins's work is accessible. It speaks to us on a day-to-day level about simple things and experiences. It is often funny and almost always, deceptively profound. . . . With a poet like Billy Collins, one is tempted to go on quoting and, when reading, to look for someone to read aloud to, because these are poems that should be shared. . . . Mr. Collins said in a recent interview that he used to think of himself as a college professor who wrote poetry. He is indeed a poet in the fullest sense of theword.”—Eileen F. Brennan

“Billy Collins's poetry is widely accessible. He writes in an original way about all manner of ordinary things and situations with both humor and a surprising contemplative twist.”—James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress announcing the appointment of Billy Collins as Poet Laureate

“With a poet like Billy Collins, one is tempted to g on quoting and, when reading, to look for someone to read aloud to, because these are poems that should be shared.”—Eileen F. Brennan, Garden City Life (NYC metro area)

“Versed in both classic texts and contemporary slang, Collins belongs to a seemingly endangered species --- the popular poet.”---Hillel Italie, Associated Press

“Graceful, ironic, smart.”---William Matthews

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Over the past decade, Billy Collins has emerged as the most beloved American poet since Robert Frost, garnering critical acclaim and broad popular appeal. Annie Proulx admits, "I have never before felt possessive about a poet, but I am fiercely glad that Billy Collins is ours." This special, limited edition celebrates Billy Collins's years as U.S. Poet Laureate. Questions About Angels--one of the books that helped establish and secure his reputation and popularity during the 1990s--is remarkable for its wry, inquisitive voice and its sheer imaginative range. Edward Hirsch selected this classic book for the National Poetry Series, and each of Collins's poems-from his meditation on forgetfulness to his musings on the behavior of angels-is an exploration of imaginative possibilities. Whether reading him for the first time or the fiftieth, this collector's edition is a must-have for anyone interested in the poet the New York Times calls simply "the real thing."


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