This is ‘Introduction to Poetry’ (1988) by Billy Collins, which ends with:
I want them to waterski
across the surface of a poem
waving at the author’s name on the shore.
But all they want to do
is tie the poem to a chair with rope
and torture a confession out of it.
They begin beating it with a hose
to find out what it really means.
Muncle Trogg by Janet Foxley
A topsy-turvy fairy tale about a small giant on a big adventure!Let's
get ready to grumble! Mount Grumble is where the giants live. But
(contrary to what you might think, maybe because of their name) not
every "giant" (see?) is, um...big. In fact, Muncle Trogg is so SMALL
that all the other giants make fun of him for ...
You may be looking for "The Science of Oneness" as per the discussion here:
Walter Rawls, who worked with the effects of monopolar magnetic fields on matter with the late Albert Roy Davis, told me in a telephone conversation of his experiments with a North pole magnet situated over the pineal gland.
A mask was made which held the North pole end of a ...
It's from scores of fairy tales. There is the trope where asking for one means you get given the other, but there is the trope where the less impressive looking thing is the more powerful.
The casket itself is used in The Two Caskets
The girl left the room to go to the loft, and as soon as she got outside, she found all the cats waiting for her. Walking ...
I managed to locate the book: it is Contexts for Criticism by Donald Keesey (second edition, Mayfield Publishing, 1994).
It contains seven chapters, each with three examples of theory and three "applications" that illustrate the theory.
Each chapter contains one "application" for Shakespeare's Hamlet, one for Keats's "Ode on a Grecian Urn" and one for Kate ...
Ah, I found it via TV Tropes and their Hooks and Crooks entry. Village of the Vampire Cat is the fourth book in the Zenta and Matsuzo mystery series by Lensey Namioka, published in 1981.
When Zenta and Matsuzo, two masterless samurai, arrive at the home of Zenta's old friend and former teacher, the two discover that the village has been tormented by an ...