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Happy National Poetry Month!


So…have any of you noticed the brightly-colored eggs hidden (albeit not very well, but that’s the point) around campus? If you have, you’ll notice there is a folded piece of paper inside as well as a piece of candy or prize. Don’t throw that paper away! It’s a poem.

April is National Poetry Month–nothing like waiting until the last day of April to tell you this–so I have hidden these eggs all  over campus in random batches (usually 2 or 3 a day, but since April is almost over and we had Easter break, I’ve hidden more lately). If you see an egg, you can pick it up. It’s allowed. Go ahead, do it.

And now I leave you with a poem:

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.


2 Responses to “Happy National Poetry Month!”

  1. Happy National Poetry Month!

    Check out some poetry written and performed by Augustana Students!


  2. Thanks. Good post

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