- Sit on dock and watch water
- Ride bike across town
- Listen to the neighborhood
- Read Dante
- Cook from recipes but vary at will
- Drink wine with wife
- Dream all night
As I read, I noted poems to revisit, starting with "The Straightener" on page 5. I can identify with a man wanting to having everything in line in the right place. While he wants his shirts arranged by color, I am more concerned that the short and long sleeves don't mix, but the obsession is similar. I had to smile at "Genesis" on page 23, in which he suggests man began as woman's rib. As a former math major, I also liked "Simple Arithmetic" on page 32, in which Collins subtracts objects from time and space. Eventually, my list of favorites was too long to be meaningful. Perhaps I should ask for the book for Christmas.
Collins, Billy. Horoscopes for the Dead: Poems. Random House, 2011. ISBN 9781400064922.