Poetry distills ideas down to their essence. Billy Collins, former Poet Laureate of the United States and author of twelve books of poetry, explores what is called the short form of poetry in his newest book, Musical Tables.
Most poems are no longer than five lines, and each one is honed to capture that poetic essence. Collins’ subjects are the everyday: nature, family, the Milky Way, pondering the zen of shaving. After reading one of these small gems, we stop to let the words resonate and find that Collins has captured the moment perfectly.
As in Collins’ other poems, his tone is light, sometimes humorous, always insightful. This book is a worthwhile addition to a Billy Collins collection.