[Clayart] April is POETRY MONTH:

David Woof woofpots at hotmail.com
Thu Apr 7 05:23:55 UTC 2022


Introduction to Poetry*** (or Studio Clay Art and Pottery)
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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Re-written for a POT

I ask critics to take a pot
and hold it up to the light
like a color slide
or press an ear against its hive.

I say drop an administrator into a pot
and watch him/her/them scurry out,

or walk inside the pot's room
and feel the walls for a light switch.

I want them to waterski
across the surface of a pot
waving at the potter’s name on the bottom.

But all they want to do
is tie the pot to a chair with descriptive rhetoric
and torture a confession out of it.

They begin beating it with Glaze Calculation programs
to find out what it really means.


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