Billy Collins is the current US Poet Laureate and this is his first UK publication. He muses on the big subjects which affect us all, and a wryness of tone, mingled with a serious outlook, combine to produce poems of rare poignancy.
I see all of us reading ourselves away
from ourselves, straining in circles of light
to find more light until the line of words
become a trail of crumbs that we follow
across a page of fresh snow.