Collins, Billy. HOROSCOPES FOR THE DEAD: POEMS. New York City, NY: Random House, 2011. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 115 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's ninth collection of poems. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Billy Collins' collection of poems, all of which originally appeared in various publications during the first decade (2000-2010), an auspicious time for him and a very difficult one for the nation on whose behalf he speaks. Collins was Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 through 2003 and then Poet Laureate of New York from 2004 through 2006. "Billy Collins writes lovely poems, lovely in a way like almost nobody's since Roethke's are. Limpid, gently and consistently startling, more serious than they seem, they describe all the worlds that are and were and some others besides" (John Updike). The somber tone (and the theme of death) that pervades the collection is established by the opening lines of the eponymous poem: "Every morning since you disappeared for good, / I read about you in the daily paper/ along with the box scores, the weather, and all the bad news" (Billy Collins). An absolute "must-have" title for Billy Collins collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Billy Collins. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. It also comes with a pristine copy of the Souvenir Program of the National Book Festival during which his signature was obtained. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 through 2003. Poet Laureate of New York from 2004 through 2006. One of the finest living American poets. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER BILLY COLLINS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1400064929. $70.00

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