Poetry Friday: Introduction to Poetry

July 2nd, 2010

Not that we need an introduction to poetry… But in case you do, here is one by Billy Collins. Kimberly Hill Campbell uses it in her book Less Is More as an example of a poem that’s great to read aloud to students to open their ears and eyes to poetry. So go ahead, read it aloud to yourself!

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 the 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 confessin out of it.

They begin beating it with a hose
to find out what it really means.

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  • 1. Karen Edmisten  |  July 2nd, 2010 at 9:52 am

    I’ve always loved this one. 🙂

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