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.
It’s Week 4 already!
Each Friday Sam or I will post a poem and pose some questions to reflect on while eating your lunch.
Today the poem itself is about poetry. Billy Collins has twice been Poet Laureate in the US. His poetry is popular and accessible. seemingly light but often with a kick or a claw which reaches out and grabs you unexpectedly.
What did you think of this poem?
Does it make you want to read more by Billy Collins or not?
Why do you think this is?
Let us know how you approach a poem when reading it for the first time.
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