introduction to poetry...

 stars in the mail and on the way to someone i do not know, but am thinking about.

Introduction to Poetry
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.


  1. i love the constellations you make. they're sooo pretty!

  2. oh, and i was wondering, the frames you use are so pretty. do you stain the wood or buy them dark?

  3. thanks nicomi & elizabeth!!

    earth girl knits- thanks and i stain the hoops myself. they only come as naked wood as far as i know...


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