"An instrument of discovery"

I just read this in a Facebook ad for former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins’ poetry masterclass:

“I think of a poem as a flashlight, an instrument of discovery. I’m here to light the way for you, to show you what I’ve learned, and not just about rhyme and meter. I’ll also teach you about being open to influence, understanding who you are as a poet, and inventing a persona, that is, a distinctive voice that is yours alone. Join me in my first-ever MasterClass.”

This resonated with me. If you love song, you love poetry, because that’s what we’re doing – we’re singing poetry. And this is exactly how I feel about teaching singing. I’m here to light the way for you, to show you what I’ve learned, and not just about breath and resonance. 

I want you to understand who you are as a singer and as a person, to find the distinctive voice that is yours alone.
Join me. Turn on that flashlight.
 
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