Introduction to Poetry


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My favorite poet and creative conduit who understands the unseen and unknowable!
This is a little bit what it’s like to try to translate the vibrant miracles I see all around
me every day into the English language.

Desda

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

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