Translate

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Poetry Party Wednesday

One of my goals for 2012 is to post a favorite poem once a week, every Wednesday.  I hope you'll enjoy these as much as I do.  I thought this one was a good choice to begin with, for obvious reasons!

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.

4 comments:

Monica said...

Very interesting. I know nothing about contemporary poetry.

teri said...

Such a true poem.

Excited for your Poetry Wednesdays.

Aimeslee said...

Sometimes I think art is beaten with a hose, hehe. The other day, I was reading a college professor commenting about recycled paper art with this huge theory about how using a book to make art meant some hidden desire to destroy the written word. Oh geez already! {{EYEROLL}}} xoxo

Holli said...

Oh I like that one! This is going to be fun..... :)