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 CollinsI ask them to take a poemand hold it up to the lightlike 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!