"What," wonders Cary Fagan in The Montréal Gazette review entitled Verses Tell A Whole Other Story "does it mean to be an ambitious poet these days? Does it mean reaching an improbably wide audience? Extending the form? Grappling with current events? Crossing over into other genres?"
Mebbe, mebbe; or, it could just mean a certain ex-Cinci Emperor's direly in need of a (new) wordrobe . . . Ah, but, I won't launch a jeremiad on this subject, nope; not when Billy Collins's Ballistics is the lead-off volume under scrutiny. (Talk bang for the buck!)