180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day

by Billy Collins

Paper Book, 2005

Status

Available

Publication

New York : Random House, 2005.

Description

Come full circle with 180 new, exciting poems selected and introduced by Billy Collins. Inspired by Billy Collins's poem-a-day program for American high schools that he began through the Library of Congress, the original Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry was a gathering of clear, contemporary poems aimed at a wide audience. In 180 More, Collins continues his ambitious mission of exposing readers of all ages to the best of today's poetry. Like its predecessor, 180 More is the perfect anthology for anyone who appreciates thoughtful, clear poems that are an immediate pleasure to read and a lasting source of insight and feeling. And for readers who have lost touch with poetry, this collection will lead them back to the fold.

User reviews

LibraryThing member RoboJonelle
An amazing anthology of contemporary poetry picked from one of the best, Billy Collins. He really knows a lot about his craft and you can tell by the wide selection his chose for this collection. A follow up to his "poetry 180: turning back to poetry", this book has all the greats from our time. From the modern confessional poet Sharon Olds', "First hour" to the harsh and sharp words of "Why I don't take naps in the afternoon" by Don Gerber. "Extraordinary poems for the everyday poet" is exactly what this book portrays. This is a great starter book for anyone looking to get into contemporary poetry, and a new favorite for someone who appreciates it immensely already.… (more)
LibraryThing member kpickett
All different kinds of poems from around the world compiled just for high schoolers to be read every day of the week. Edited by Billy Collins (former poet laureate) to be enjoyed not analyzed.
LibraryThing member whitewavedarling
One of those anthologies where most of the poems are worth reading, but very few of them stand out as worth coming back to over and over again. In fact, there are a few here where my reaction was laughable--as in, I don't know why Collins would pick them, or even that I'd consider them poems. I'd recommend it for someone who wants a broad range of contemporary authors to explore (in order to figure out who to explore more), but go to it in a relaxed spirit, not expecting anything ground-breaking or ready to knock you down with its greatness. Additionaly, realize that Collins picked all of these poems out himself--and it's fairly obvious. If you know the type of poem he writes, and likes, you know Exactly what you'll find here.… (more)
LibraryThing member mms
Good basic anthology
LibraryThing member YESterNOw
Most of these are what could be termed "small," or observant / slice-of-life / vignette style poems. (Much more like prose in my book, but who's counting?) That's what sets it apart from the ocean of other poetry compilations out there. Not a single "famous" writer either, apart from Robert Bly, I guess. The keen fan of downbeat miniatures, such as Suzanne Vega's song "Small Blue Thing," will find a lot to like here.… (more)
LibraryThing member Backus2
There are poems from various authors from all over the world compiled together for high school students to connect with. All poems chosen have a sense of craft and segue into other poets’ works. Themes range from coming of age, to loss of hope, but all associated with the high school atmosphere.

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