THE TROUBLE WITH POETRY by Billy Collins (2006)
STANZAS FOR THE MASSES
Having fun with words.
Teaching, teasing. Pull, prod, poke.
“This is just to say.”
“I wonder how you are going to feel /
when you find out /
that I wrote this instead of you”
Who: Various unnamed characters (occasionally the poet himself, but not always!)
Where: across the country
When: Present day; some flashbacks; some flash forwards
Why: An exploration and explanation of childhood, music (jazz), emotion (especially love), getting older, passing time, education, reading, writing and understanding…
How: Mainly first person POV, Simple, straightforward voice; everyday language