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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Introduction to Poetry

So one of my friends e-mailed me this poem because she's in a poetry class that is horrible. She said that the teacher is not teaching but screaming, "tying it to a chair." It's such so appropos.


Introduction to Poetry

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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