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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

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.


Comments about Introduction To Poetry by Billy Collins

  • Gold Star - 14,208 Points Sylvaonyema Uba (4/13/2018 6:16:00 AM)

    ...dropp a mouse into a poem. Nicely written and well communicated. SYLVA-ONYEMA UBA (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Thatogatsi Kgari (3/16/2018 1:32:00 AM)

    Your poem was amazing (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 731 Points Damion Hamilton (3/10/2018 6:14:00 PM)

    I say drop a mouse into a poem
    and watch him probe his way out, Love it. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Poetry

  1. 1. Introduction To Poetry , Billy Collins
  2. 2. Poetry , Pablo Neruda
  3. 3. Dis Poetry , Benjamin Zephaniah
  4. 4. Poetry , Marianne Moore
  5. 5. Some Like Poetry , Wislawa Szymborska
  6. 6. Of Modern Poetry , Wallace Stevens
  7. 7. Poetry , Charles Bukowski
  8. 8. Poetry , Don Paterson
  9. 9. Poetry Reading , Charles Bukowski
  10. 10. In Dispraise Of Poetry , Jack Gilbert
  11. 11. Because You Asked About The Line Between.. , Howard Nemerov
  12. 12. The Uses Of Poetry , William Carlos Williams
  13. 13. Poetry , Claude McKay
  14. 14. A Poetry Reading At West Point , William Matthews
  15. 15. Love, The Soul Of Poetry , Anne Killigrew
  16. 16. Goodbye To The Poetry Of Calcium , James Arlington Wright
  17. 17. Poetry For Supper , Ronald Stuart Thomas
  18. 18. The Progress Of Poetry , Jonathan Swift
  19. 19. reiterative Poetry , Sidi J. Mahtrow
  20. 20. Poetry And Religion , Les Murray
  21. 21. ! Love And Poetry; Poetry And Love , Michael Shepherd
  22. 22. To One Who Loved Not Poetry , Sappho
  23. 23. About My Poetry , Nazim Hikmet
  24. 24. Various Quotes From On Poetry And Craft:.. , Theodore Roethke
  25. 25. Love Me - Love My Poetry , Bonnie Alden Phillips
  26. 26. Apollo Musagete, Poetry, And The Leader .. , Delmore Schwartz
  27. 27. Spirit Of Poetry, The , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  28. 28. ! Call That ****ing Poetry? , Michael Shepherd
  29. 29. ! The Hallmark Of Poetry , Michael Shepherd
  30. 30. On Donne's Poetry , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  31. 31. Poetry Writes, Poetry Reads, Poetry Lives , Bharati Nayak
  32. 32. Philology Recapitulates Ontology, Poetry.. , Delmore Schwartz
  33. 33. Poetry , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  34. 34. Poetry Can Damage Your Health , John Thorkild Ellison
  35. 35. Hasslefree Poetry , Linda Ori
  36. 36. The Poetry Of Life , Friedrich Schiller
  37. 37. ! 'Poetry Means...Uh...' , Michael Shepherd
  38. 38. Poetry , Akara K.
  39. 39. On Writing Poetry , C.J. Heck
  40. 40. At A Poetry Party I Am Given The Rhyme C.. , Li Ching Chao
  41. 41. A Defense Of Bad Poetry , Michael Shepherd
  42. 42. Against The Dispraisers Of Poetry , Richard Barnfield
  43. 43. ! ! Gertrude Stein Is Interviewed On Ame.. , Michael Shepherd
  44. 44. A Little More Poetry , Sandra Osborne
  45. 45. To His Friend Master R. L., In Praise Of.. , Richard Barnfield
  46. 46. In Praise Of Poetry... , Michael Shepherd
  47. 47. His Poetry His Pillar , Robert Herrick
  48. 48. 0158 For Fjr; Here's To Poetry , Michael Shepherd
  49. 49. Poetry-My Window , >Starr Williams<
  50. 50. An Address To Poetry , Helen Maria Williams
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