Friday, September 4, 2009
Introduction to Poetry by Billy Collins
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.
from The Apple that Astonished Paris, 1996
Oh, how I love Billy Collins! He's to poetry what John Wayne was to cowboys. LOL! Reading his poetry fills me with hope, which is no small thing these days. The poem above is an old one, but I don't think I've ever posted it here. It's my #1 favorite poem by Billy Collins. I have three or four of his books and I can't recommend just one. All of his books are amazing.
Wishing you love, peace, joy and blessings,