“Uh-huh, Uh-huh, Yo, Yo…”

One of my favorite poems: #1

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.

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5 responses

  1. wendy

    So true, Billy Collins. So true.

    May 28, 2010 at 4:09 pm

  2. Julie

    Very cool.

    June 1, 2010 at 7:56 am

  3. Julie

    Also, you’re the queen of awesome pics with your posts.

    June 1, 2010 at 7:56 am

  4. here from the waffle

    and i love Billy Collins, and this photo.

    June 21, 2010 at 7:00 pm

  5. mamacheetah

    I wish I had known this poem back in the days when I posed as an English Teacher. It applies to all literature and critical thinking, no?

    June 22, 2010 at 10:01 pm

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