Billy Collins

Billy Collins

Just discovered this guy's work. He's brilliant. Love the simplicity of the style, the aesthetic of the enjambment, the topical subject, the poetic observation, and - most importantly - the punch of the humor.

Especially in this poem - where the punch is the observational flourish: how the actual shepherd is like a God to the sheep (determining their fate). The malevolent comedy of the sheep being turned into Bibles is very John Lennon / Anton Chekhov (a quality of cannon).

A bit like Richard Brautigan, in that it's not about the structure or the rhyme, and yet it feels like it has a classical structure. Something about its toyness makes it beautiful.

Poetry is such a tricky industry. It's amazing to me when ANYBODY can gain a popular following via poetry in the 21st century. Even sentimental schlock writers like R. M. Drake.

FUN FACT: George W. Bush appointed Billy Collins poet laureate from 2001-2003. That says a lot, actually. Will explore further.

Poetry That Sells in 2017

Poetry That Sells in 2017

Her || 2013

Her || 2013