Billy Collins – Animated Poetry

I came across Billy Collins, a 2-time U.S. Poet Laureate who in conjunction with the Sundance Channel brought his poetry to animated film.  What a cool concept.  It was fun to watch the videos, but even more so, it was awesome to see how the animation complimented his poetry versus the other way around.  This presentation on a TED Talk is about 15-minutes long.  If you have a chance and an interest, I would highly recommend you watch the video.  I hope in some way whether you write poetry or not, you will find creative inspiration in projects in your life, your work, or even in your relationships with your family and children.  I have also included Collin’s poem: Forgetfulness which is featured in the first animation.  Enjoy.



The name of the author is the first to go

followed obediently by the title, the plot,

the heartbreaking conclusion, the entire novel

which suddenly becomes one you have never read,

never even heard of,

as if, one by one, the memories you used to harbor

decided to retire to the southern hemisphere of the brain,

to a little fishing village where there are no phones.

Long ago you kissed the names of the nine Muses goodbye

and watched the quadratic equation pack its bag,

and even now as you memorize the order of the planets,

something else is slipping away, a state flower perhaps,

the address of an uncle, the capital of Paraguay.

Whatever it is you are struggling to remember,

it is not poised on the tip of your tongue,

not even lurking in some obscure corner of your spleen.

It has floated away down a dark mythological river

whose name begins with an L as far as you can recall,

well on your own way to oblivion where you will join those

who have even forgotten how to swim and how to ride a bicycle.

No wonder you rise in the middle of the night

to look up the date of a famous battle in a book on war.

No wonder the moon in the window seems to have drifted

out of a love poem that you used to know by heart.

                                                                       Billy Collins

10 Replies to “Billy Collins – Animated Poetry”

  1. How wonderful. I love this connection between inspiration, creativity and thoughts. Goosebumps and I had to laugh about that last poem. Thanks for this post Kris. 🙂

    1. Paul, so glad you sent a comment…I have been trying to comment on your blog regarding your wonderful photos…the Liberia photos are amazing…what a story in pictures…and your macro photos as well…a whole other story…thanks so much for stopping by…yes, I thought Billy Collins was inspiring…

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