National Poetry Month

Poetry Month

In honor of National Poetry Month, I will post a poem-a-day here that you can read, teach, or share with your students.  If you have any nominations for a poem to make it to the blog for National Poetry Month, leave them in the comments below.  Scroll down for a great poetry pairings link as well!

Introduction to Poetry by 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.

Billy Collins, “Introduction to Poetry” from The Apple that Astonished Paris. Copyright � 1988, 1996 by Billy Collins. Reprinted with the permission of the University of Arkansas Press.

* For more poems by Billy Collins, click here (including podcasts of audio)

* For lesson plans on Billy Collins’s poetry: click here.

* Check out Poetry Pairings from the New York Times Learning Network. The NYT partnered with the Poetry Foundation to pair poems with current event articles in the New York Times.

* Next week, check the course-specific blogs for poetry that can be paired with 4th marking period content!


Happy Poetry Month!


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