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Daily Poem – Introduction to Poetry

August 26, 2006

Introduction to Poetry

by Billy Collins
The Apple that Astonished Paris
University of Arkansas Press

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.
…for the complete poem, go to:
http://www.cstone.net/~poems/intro_lo.htm
Primary Source:
http://www.cstone.net/~poems/

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