Introduction To Poetry

by BILLY COLLINS

First Stanza

I ask them to take a poem

and hold it up to the light

like a color slide

Second Stanza

or press an ear against its hive.

Sixsth Stanza

But all they want to do

is tie the poem to a chair with rope

and torture a confession out of it.

Last Stanza

They begin beating it with a hose

to find out what it really means.

Billy Colins

William James "Billy" Collins (born March 22, 1941) is an American poet, appointed as Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003. He is a Distinguished Professor at Lehman College of the City University of New York and is the Senior Distinguished Fellow of the Winter Park Institute, Florida. Collins was recognized as a Literary Lion of the New York Public Library(1992) and selected as the New York State Poet for 2004 through 2006. He is (in 2015) a teacher in the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton.
Introduction to Poetry - Billy Collins