Friday, April 1, 2016

Introduction to Poetry (Month)

It's April 1, fools, and this was fittingly the poem of the day over at Enjoy it, and look forward to a month of poetry-inspired posts from yours truly.

Introduction to Poetry
by Billy Collins

I ask them to take a poem   
and hold it up to the light   
like a color slide

or press an ear against its hive.

I say drop a mouse into a poem   
and watch him probe his way out,

or walk inside the poem’s room   
and feel the walls for a light switch.

I want them to waterski   
across the surface of a poem
waving at the author’s name on the shore.

But all they want to do
is tie the poem to a chair with rope   
and torture a confession out of it.

They begin beating it with a hose   
to find out what it really means.

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