Billy Collins is one of my favorite contemporary poets. His writing is always crystal-clear, yet many-layered. A couple years ago I featured one of his poems, Man Listening to Disc, in my “Take a Stanza” series. A couple days ago I discovered (via 37signals) a little gem of a site that accompanies 11 Billy Collins poems with gorgeous animation.
Today: animation by Little Fluffy Clouds/Curious
The site is billy collins action poetry. Even if you’re not a big poetry fan, you ought to check it out. Edit 2022-08-05: The site no longer exists
what a great site, karl! thanks!
Wow Karl – I just watched one – Forgetfulness. I think I’ll keep that one in mind mind for the day. It’s enough.
Yeah, funny thing about that one. I picked up a book of Billy Collins poems one morning a few weeks ago, opened it up to a random page, and read “Forgetfulness” aloud to Sara. After the first few lines we were laughing, but by the end, both of us had tears in our eyes.
I did check it out, Karl, and thanks. “Forgetfulness” is a vivid description of what happens when one ages – and it keeps happening, like the inverse of compounding interest, inexorably chipping away at the memory bank account.
I’ve not been a big poetry fan, but I, too, have really liked Billy Collins’ poetry – and how he reads it.