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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.
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The Goose

by Muriel Sparks

Do you want to know why I am alive today?
I will tell you.
Early on, during the food-shortage,
Some of us were miraculously presented
Each with a goose that laid a golden egg.
Myself, I killed the cackling thing and I ate it.
Alas, many and many of the other recipients
Died of gold-dust poisoning.
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Poem Beginning with a Line of Wittgenstein

by Donald Hall

The world is everything that is the case.
Now stop your blubbering and wash your face.
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Grass

by Carl Sandburg

Pile the bodies high at Austerlitz and Waterloo.
Shovel them under and let me work—
                I am the grass; I cover all.
And pile them high at Gettysburg
And pile them high at Ypres and Verdun.
Shovel them under and let me work.
Two years, ten years, and the passengers ask the conductor:
                What place is this?
                Where are we now?
                I am the grass.
                Let me work.

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If

by Emily Dickinson

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THE HEART

By Emily Dickinson

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Much Madness

by Emily Dickinson

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WITHIN my reach!

by Emily Dickinson

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Success

by Emily Dickinson

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Peanut Butter – by Eileen Myles

by Eileen Myles

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There will come soft rains

by Sara Teasdale

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Let it be forgotten

by Sara Teasdale

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Dusk at June

by Sara Teasdale

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The Old Flame

by Robert Lowell

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I Want a President

by Zoe Leonard

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After Apple Picking

by Robert Frost

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A Great Hope Fell

by Robert Frost

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In Flanders Fields

by John McRae

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Her Kind

by Anne Sexton

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Killing the Love

by Ann Sexton

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When a Man Enters a Woman

by Ann Sexton

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The Kite

by Ann Sexton

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The Road Back

by Ann Sexton

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The American Way

by Gregory Corso

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A Fence

by Carl Sandburg