Great news this morning from Roger Williams University in Bristol, Road Island – the Common Reading committee has selected Sailing Alone Around the Room for their Freshmen Read 2011 title!
Sailing Alone Around the Room, by America’s Poet Laureate, Billy Collins, contains both new poems and a generous gathering from his earlier collections The Apple That Astonished Paris, Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, and Picnic, Lightning. These poems show Collins at his best, performing the kinds of distinctive poetic maneuvers that have delighted and fascinated so many readers.
They may begin in curiosity and end in grief; they may start with irony and end with lyric transformation; they may, and often do, begin with the everyday and end in the infinite. Possessed of a unique voice that is at once plain and melodic, Billy Collins has managed to enrich American poetry while greatly widening the circle of its audience.
The previous year’s selections from Roger Williams University’s Freshmen Read program was Tracy Kidder’s Mountains Beyond Mountains – cheers to a winning streak of great FYE picks, and many more to come!