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"Introduction to Poetry," by Billy Collins

Author: Billy Collins

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I ask them to take a poem
and hold it up to the light
like a color slide

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or press an ear against its hive.

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I say drop a mouse into a poem
and watch him probe his way out,

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or walk inside the poem’s room
and feel the walls for a light switch.

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I want them to water-ski
across the surface of a poem
waving at the author’s name on the shore.

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But all they want to do
is tie the poem to a chair with rope
and torture a confession out of it.

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They begin beating it with a hose
to find out what it really means.

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DMU Timestamp: March 29, 2019 18:11

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