Happy National Poetry Month! Many people consider poetry to be a superfluous, unnecessary endeavor to study in school, but I disagree 100%. Poetry, more than prose, shows us just how powerful words can be and is incredibly empowering when we give students the opportunity to take their own journeys with poetry rather than forcing nothing but close readings and "hidden meaning" analysis. I'll be sharing many of my favorite poems this month with the hope that you'll just enjoy the words. No analysis required. I think Billy Collins would approve.
Introduction to Poetry
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.