A poem is like an eye chart

The job of the poet is to seduce the reader –  – According to Billy Collins it is “about achieving a balance between “clarity and mystery. It’s important to know which card to turn over and which to lay face-down. But the beginning of a poem should always be very clear, to get a reader…

a stranger kind of beauty

The Dead The dead are always looking down on us, they say,
 while we are putting on our shoes or making a sandwich,
 they are looking down through the glass bottom boats of heaven
 as they row themselves slowly through eternity.   They watch the tops of our heads moving below on earth,
 and when…

… forgetfulness

The Dad Poet has a great post on poetry and philosophy, using a beautiful poem by Billy Collins as a springboard, or maybe rather as a centerpiece, for the discussion. Following some links on The Dad Poets’ page, I ended up with some great animations made to Collins’ poems. Here is Forgetfulness Forgetfulness – Billy…