Monday, February 9, 2009

Introduction to Poetry

Otro poeta presentable, una nueva sección de este blog. Mis agradecimientos a Manuel Sosa.

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.


Billy Collins nació en Nueva York en 1941. Fungió como Poeta Laureado en 2001 y ha escrito varios libros de poesía.


Manuel Sosa said...

All right. Yo acabo de publicar a un "fascista". No presentable. Saludos.

Ernesto G. said...

Te deje comentario por alla. Saludos.