Saturday, March 03, 2007

God bless Billy Collins.

2 comments:

Hey, It's Ansley said...

I love this. One of my favorites of his is 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.

Dainon said...

That's honestly lovely. Thanks.

I like how plain-spoken he is. He, more than any other contemporary poet I can name, has shown us that poetry can be that way. It doesn't dumb it down, either ... it allows us to think about it more than figure it out. Collins embodies poetry stripped of its usual pretentiousness.