Stock Image

SAILING ALONE AROUND THE ROOM

Collins, Billy

12,024 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 0375503803 / ISBN 13: 9780375503801
Published by Random House, 2001
Condition: As New Soft cover
From Columbia Books, ABAA/ILAB (Columbia, MO, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since April 30, 1997 Seller Rating 5-star rating

Association Member: ABAA

Quantity Available: 1

Buy Used
Price: US$ 85.00 Convert Currency
Shipping: Free Within U.S.A. Destination, rates & speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

About this Item

Collins, Billy. SAILING ALONE AROUND THE ROOM. NY: Random House, c2001. Advance Reading Copy. 172pp. 8vo. As new unread softcover with publisher's promotional letter laid-in. Bookseller Inventory # 46005

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: SAILING ALONE AROUND THE ROOM

Publisher: Random House

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:As New

About this title

Synopsis:

"High, most encouraging tidings"--that is how Billy Collins, the widely read and widely acclaimed poet, describes the music in his poem about the gospel singing group The Sensational Nightingales. The same phrase applies, just as joyfully, to the arrival of Sailing Alone Around the Room, a landmark collection of new and selected poems by this Guggenheim Fellow, NPR contributor, New York Public Library "Literary Lion," and incomparably popular performer of his own good works.

From four earlier collections, which have secured for him a national reputation, Collins offers the lyric equivalent of an album of Greatest Hits. In "Forgetful-ness," memories of the contents of a novel "retire to the southern hemisphere of the brain, to a little fishing village where there are no phones." In "Osso Buco," a poem about gustatory pleasure, the "lion of content-ment" places a warm heavy paw on the poet's chest. In "Marginalia," he catalogs the scrawled comments of books' previous readers: " 'Absolutely,' they shout to Duns Scotus and James Baldwin. 'Yes.' 'Bull's-eye.' 'My man!' " And he also serves us a generous portion of new poems, including "Man Listening to Disc," a jazz trip with headphones, and "The Iron Bridge," a wildly speculative, moving elegy.

Whether old or new, these poems will catch their readers by exhilarating surprise. They may begin with irony and end in lyric transcendence. They may open with humor and close with grief. They may, and often do, begin with the everyday and end with infinity. Wise, funny, sad, stealthy, and always perfectly clear, these poems will not be departing for that little fishing village with no phones for a long, long time. Billy Collins, possessed of a unique lyric voice, is one of American poetry's most sensational nightingales.

From the Back Cover:

Praise for Billy Collins

"Billy Collins writes lovely poems--lovely in a way almost nobody's since Roethke's are. Limpid, gently and consistently startling, more serious than they seem, they describe all the worlds that are and were and some others besides."
--John Updike

"Luring his readers into the poem with humor, Mr. Collins leads them unwittingly into deeper, more serious places, a kind of journey from the familiar or quirky to unexpected territory, sometimes tender, often profound."
--The New York Times

"What Collins does best is turn an apparently simple phrase into a numinous moment. . . . A poet of plenitude, irony, and Augustan grace."
--The New Yorker

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Store Description

Columbia Books opened in 1977 and began selling online in 1991 with the advent of Interloc; we've been selling on abebooks since they first began. We have an eclectic mix of 30,000 books, ephemera and artwork; something for collectors and readers alike.

Visit Seller's Storefront

Association Member Members of these associations are committed to maintaining the highest standards. They vouch for the authenticity of all items offered for sale. They provide expert and detailed descriptions, disclose all significant defects and/or restorations, provide clear and accurate pricing, and operate with fairness and honesty during the purchase experience.
Terms of Sale:

We accept credit cards, checks, money orders; you may also order directly from us if you like. We are very careful with our descriptions; however books are always returnable if not as described.
Contact details:
Annette Kolling-Buckley
Columbia Books, Inc. ABAA/ILAB
1907 Gordon Street
Columbia, MO 65201
573-449-7417
colbooks@tranquility.net
www.columbiabooksonline.com


Shipping Terms:

Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express

Check Money Order Cash Bank Draft Direct Debit (Personally Authorized Payment)