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Picnic, Lightning

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Country  United States
ISBN  978-0-8229-5670-9
Author  Billy Collins
Publication date  1998
Originally published  1998
Genre  Poetry
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Publisher  University of Pittsburgh Press
Preceded by  The Art of Drowning (1995)
Followed by  Taking off Emily Dickinson's clothes
Similar  Billy Collins books, Poetry books, American poetry books

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Picnic, Lightning is a collection of poetry by Billy Collins, published in 1998. His fourth book of poetry, it was his first to be widely published (selling over 50,000 copies) and his last before election as United States Poet Laureate.

The title poem is a reference to Humbert Humbert's mundane description of his mother's death as described by him in the second chapter of Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. "My very photogenic mother died in a freak accident (picnic, lightning) when I was three...."

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