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. 

Hijacked Lit #4

The old pond

A frog jumps in

The sound of water

– Basho


Probably one of the most well known haikus of all time, this poem was originally written in Japanese which explains why it does not follow the traditional 5 7 5 format. Basho is a great source of inspiration for my own haiku poetry, as I know many of you often enjoy. Although we have different styles, like Basho, I make it a point to target a single emotion and hit it hard within only 17 syllables. I pray that I succeed in my efforts.

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Hijacked Lit #1

You fit into me
like a hook into an eye
a fish hook
an open eye

– Margaret Atwood

One of my favorites, I can not express how much I love this poem. The strongest shift of emotions I have ever experienced in a measly sixteen words.

However, I now feel extremely uncomfortable around fishing equipment.