For the Poets


The subject of the day was poetry, and some kind soul (whose name, I heartily regret, I have forgotten) encouraged me to sample the work of Billy Collins.

Here is a taste:

Introduction To Poetry

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.

Billy Collins

To continue the feast, I recommend Child Development, and Thesaurus. If you’re still hungry after that, choose your own dessert. They’re all good.


3 responses »

  1. I’ve always regretted that I had no poetry classes when I was in college. This poem is how I’d like to believe that I would of learned about poetry. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. I love the language in these poems and how the poetry is almost a story. It was a good reminder that there is so much more to poetry than a few lines of rhyme. I think that if I were a poet, this would be my style. I may have to try it.

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