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A book is best read with tea in your hand and a cat on your lap. 

24-year-old English Major that currently works in an indie bookshop and at a local publishing house. Reviews and other bookish things. 

Poetry for the Everyman

Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems - Billy Collins

I don't often read poetry. The last book of poetry I read was for a class, some three years ago now. 


I picked up Billy Collins' Aimless Love during a visit to Montana, rather unexpectedly. I'd been unsure about buying a copy since I would've only been doing so on the recommendation of someone I've never even met. But I was set on check out and supporting my fellow indie store and that was the first book that came to mind. 


I fell in love with Collins' work after reading just the forward. There is a elegance in the simplicity of Collins' work. He takes the everyday minutia of life and looks at it in a new way, turning some dull and commonplace into something beautiful. 


Some of his poems are poignant, some funny, others deceptively heart-wrenching. This was a great second book to be reading, for people who like to do that. I could pick up the book, read a handful of poems and then set the book down and go onto something else. 


I would recommend this to anyone who has never been a fan of poetry. It took me years but I have finally gotten to a place where I believe not all poetry is overly complicated, cryptic and only makes references to obscure things no normal person has ever heard of.