"And then I too began / To disappear, a scrivener's eraser rubbing out the pencil lines of my being," writes the author of Ballistics and Aimless Love in "Portrait," one of the more than 50 new poems in this 2016 collection by the former U.S. Poet Laureate. An astute chronicler of the miraculous in the everyday, Collins gives us his unique slant on a weather vane, a still life painting, the calendar, and a child lost at a beach; in "The Bard in Flight," Collins pictures Shakespeare flying comfortably in first class, while "Cosmology" contains the unforgettable image of Keith Richards supporting the globe on his head.
"This new collection shows [Collins] at his finest…. Certain to please his large readership and a good place for readers new to Collins to begin."—Library Journal