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Poems for the Easter Octave IV

Print Version April 20th, 2006

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

Entry Filed under: Thoughts

1 Comment

  • 1. crystal  |  April 20th, 2006 at 11:48 pm

    I like the Happiness one best, though I copied the Updike one to another blog where we’re discussing the bodily (or not) resurrection. Thanks.


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