A Poem For Saturday

"The Best Cigarette" by Billy Collins:

Collins recently gave a TED talk about why he let the Sundance Channel commission animators to interpret his work:

Colin Marshall is a fan:

Not to get too grand about it, but isn’t this what poetry itself is supposed to do? Don’t the words themselves also cut out fragments of actual existence and position them, recontextualize them, and move them around in ways that surprise us?