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Billy Collins’ “Everyday moments, caught in time.”

Billy Collins’ “Everyday moments, caught in time.”

Introduction to Poetry

<i>Billy Collins</i><p>I ask them to take a poem<br>and hold it up to the light<br>like a color slide<p>or press an ear against its hive.<p>I say drop a mouse into a poem<br>and watch him probe his way out,<p>or walk inside the poem’s room<br>and feel the walls for a light switch.<p>I want them to waterski<br>across the surface of a poem<br>waving at the author’s name on the shore.<p>But all they want to do<br>is tie the poem to a chair with rope<br>and torture a confession out of it.<p>They begin beating it with a hose<br>to find out what it really means.

Arthur Krystal's "What is Literature?"

“There’s a new definition of literature in town. It has been slouching toward us for some time now but may have arrived officially in 2009, with the publication of Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors’s <i>A New Literary History of America</i>. Alongside essays on Twain, Fitzgerald, Frost, and Henry James, there are pieces about Jackson Pollock, Chuck Berry, the telephone, the Winchester rifle, and Linda Lovelace.”<p>Read the entire essay:

Joyce Carol Oates on Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood'

Without a doubt, the headline news at an early December "Boyhood" luncheon at NYC's Lotos Club was the New York Film Critics Circle Awards that the …