Horoscopes for the Dead

Horoscopes for the Dead
Billy Collins

I picked this book up on a whim, my choice based entirely on the witty title.

At just over 100 pages, I also figured that this would be a quick read. It wasn’t. Because Billy Collins is really a fine poet. His poems have weight, and that means taking them in only two or three at a time. I could have powered through the book in under an hour, but then, I think all of that weight and meaning would have been lost in the flurry of words passing by. The thoughtful commentary, the sideways jokes, those warranted a careful, measured pace.

I don’t read a lot of poetry, but I would happily read more of Collins’ work.

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