Picnic, Lightning by Billy Collins

Issue #78
Spring 1999

Philip Levine recommends
Picnic, Lightning, poems by Billy Collins: “For some years now Billy Collins has been our most delightful poet, someone who handles his lines with superb grace and an unerring ear and whose personal take on the world can make the reader laugh out loud and beg for more. But careful readers of this new book will discover he is more than that; he is also a poet of great depth and profound mystery. Read such poems as ‘Passengers,’ ‘Marginalia,’ ‘What I Learned Today,’ and ‘I Go Back to the House for a Book,’ and you’ll believe.” (Pittsburgh)