Hijacked Lit #5

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.”

-BILLY COLLINS

A writer must digest hundreds of poems before one able to craft a single masterpiece of his or her own. For an introduction to poetry, I believe this is a good place to start. 

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