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  • POEM: Forgetfulness by Billy Collins (12/17/2017 6:45:00 PM)

    Collins' poem does not transform. It is entirely denotative, not indirect as Frost said. Collins does not really write poetry at all. He just tells things as they are, and he thinks he makes it poetic through the excessive use of figures and tropes that actually stand out only because they seem to be employed for no purpose beyond themselves. What you call poetical devices look like circus strong men without a circus. And a poem had better reveal something, or it is no poem.

  • POEM: Forgetfulness by Billy Collins (12/17/2017 6:32:00 PM)

    Brilliant, Greenwolfe! I agree entirely. Collins' poetry does not transform. It is mere denotative statement. Even at its best it is only a type of orgiastic descriptiveness. But pretty pictures are not enough without TRANSFORMATION. Frost said poetry is indirect. Collins is so direct, it's almost embarrassing.

  • POET: Billy Collins (12/17/2017 6:25:00 PM)

    To Kevan Murphie: Your not reading Robideaux's whole comment is hardly a refutation. You're not bored by Collins? Dust is more exciting! Robideaux is right. We have put this poetaster on a pedestal he does not deserve. His work is pathetic. Common, pedestrian, trivial. He has no vigor, no arrogance! We want fire from a poet laureate, not baby food! ! ! My own poetry would make this guy's best stuff look like tripe! ! ! I'd be willing to go on national television to prove it, too!

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