Thanks to Heidi for hosting Poetry Friday today. What I love about our Poetry Friday community is that someone will have an idea and we will run with it. Not only is Heidi hosting, she encouraged us to find a Billy Collins poem in honor of his birthday later this month.
I love this quote by him:
The first line is the DNA of the poem; the rest of the poem is constructed out of that first line. A lot of it has to do with tone because tone is the key signature for the poem. The basis of trust for a reader used to be meter and end-rhyme. Billy Collins
And there is a poem at The Poetry Foundation which I love.
The First Line of a Poem
Before it flutters into my mouth
I might spend days squinting
into the wind
Like an old man
trying to thread a needle
by a window
in the dying light of late afternoon.
The rest of the poem is HERE.
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