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Saturday, March 30, 2013

April is National Poetry Month


April is National Poetry Month

Poets. org

Throughout the month I shall attempt to highlight favorite poems, poets and poetry collections.

Here's a fun poem by Billy Collins that serves as a good starter to poetry month:

Introduction to Poetry
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 the 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.

-from The Apple that Astonished Paris, 1996

2 comments:

  1. I always put on a poetry slam at my library in April. This year it is the last week, but I need to get going on judges, etc.

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