Picnic, Lightning is a collection of poetry by Billy Collins. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... William J. (Billy) Collins (born March 22, 1941) is an American poet who served two terms as the 44th Poet Laureate of the United States, from 2001 to 2003. ...
The title poem is a reference to Humbert Humbert's description of his mother's mundane death as described by him in the first chapter of Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. "My very photogenic mother died in a freak accident (picnic, lightning) when I was three." Lolita (1955) is a novel by Vladimir Nabokov. ... Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov (Russian: ÐÐ»Ð°Ð´Ð¸ÌÐ¼Ð¸Ñ ÐÐ»Ð°Ð´Ð¸ÌÐ¼Ð¸ÑÐ¾Ð²Ð¸Ñ ÐÐ°Ð±Ð¾ÌÐºÐ¾Ð², pronounced ) (April 22, 1899 [O.S. April 10], Saint Petersburg â July 2, 1977, Montreux) was a Russian-American author. ...
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