Billy Collins

(22 March 1941 - / New York City)

Introduction To Poetry - Poem by Billy Collins

I ask them to take a poem
and hold it up to the light
like a color slide
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Comments about Introduction To Poetry by Billy Collins

  • Bill Tirnier (11/6/2010 1:02:00 PM)

    Robert Frost once made similar comments about dissecting a poem. I heard them years ago on an old scratchy record where he was reading his poems at a college. It was wonderful to see similar thoughts put down in verse and to see two great poets voicing the same sentiments. (Report) Reply

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  • Sandra Andrew (6/3/2009 11:43:00 AM)

    His poem was touching, makes you feel different ways about the poem. (Report) Reply

  • Bob Beers (12/27/2008 4:07:00 PM)

    DEAR BILLY COLLINS

    Where’s the one
    where you crawl under skin
    pierce the bad man’s heart
    get dirty with the homeless
    save the world from annihilation?

    You waterski and wave,
    dropp a mouse and feel for a switch,
    press an ear and see the light.

    Superman, yes!
    Or is it Clark Kent?

    I see you working at the Planet
    reclined in your favorite chair
    more powerful than a locomotive.
    Feel you forming your next word,
    bending steal with bare hands.

    But, where’s the one that speaks
    of pain, of fear, of vice and sin?

    I want to be your neighbor on Lois Lane
    lined with elm trees and picket fence.

    Very truly yours, Bob Beers


    (Sorry, the system insists on placing an extra p in drop.) (Report) Reply

    Ol Boy (7/11/2014 1:46:00 AM)

    NICE.

  • Terrence Loth (10/2/2008 4:01:00 PM)

    Just discovered Billy Collins today! He himself holds up an idea like a multifaceted crystal and as it rotates he translates the light into such evocative and accessable poetry. Wonderful. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Howard (5/20/2008 10:22:00 PM)

    ...tie the poem to a chair with rope
    and torture a confession out of it.

    Literary analysis in a nutshell! (Report) Reply

  • Meredith Bullock (12/18/2006 9:03:00 PM)

    i love this poem billy collins! ! ! it puts into words exactly how i want to see poetry. (Report) Reply

  • James Morrison (10/23/2006 12:57:00 PM)

    this is by far one of the coolest poems i have ever read.
    other things i enjoy include;
    potatos and potato including treats.
    loud music and fishing. (Report) Reply

  • Brian Dorn Brian Dorn (7/25/2006 9:59:00 AM)

    We'd like to think every poem has this profound, deep rooted meaning. We tend to analyze and analyze until we (in many cases) over analyze. Maybe the meanings are closer to the surface than we think? (Report) Reply

  • Dylan Da Man (6/4/2006 7:49:00 PM)

    CHEEUH i did this for a school project (Report) Reply

  • Raynette Eitel (4/18/2005 11:39:00 PM)

    This touches the heart of a true poem. How many poems could you hold up to the light like a color slide? There just has to be something mystical about the way poets string metaphors, rhythm and meter like pearls and hands to us mere mortals who don't know how to wear them properly. I love this one! (Report) Reply

  • Michael Shepherd (3/18/2005 1:57:00 PM)

    Yup, a poet's despair and an exam teacher's blush... (Report) Reply

  • Jordan Hyde (2/25/2005 5:14:00 PM)

    This is a great poem. He expresses the desire of all poets for their poems, and the unfortunate process they usually go through. (Report) Reply

  • Nick Smithe (1/24/2005 2:24:00 PM)

    I like I like! (:

    Nick Z~ (Report) Reply










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