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Forgetfulness by Billy Collins

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This seemed an appropriate video with which to resume my now-and-then posting of the Billy Collins poetry animations, which are justly famous among fans of contemporary vidpo. How had I forgotten about them? (Hat tip to Carolee Sherwood for jogging my memory.)

See a larger, Quicktime version at Billy Collins Action Poetry.

Samurai Song by Robert Pinsky

Robert Pinsky recites his poem to the ceiling of an elevator for Dutch television. Here’s the text.

Two Theories by Linh Dinh

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Linh Dinh’s gritty, low-tech video poems are hit or miss with me; this one was a definite hit. “From the collection Borderless Bodies (Factory School 2006).”

Losing My Religion by Ren Powell

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One of my favorite animated poems by Ren Powell.

Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost

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http://www.vimeo.com/6053847

Robert Frost’s famous poem admirably envideoed by film student Jon Mitchell. Since it’s out of copyright, here’s the text:

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

There are, as one might easily imagine, skads of Robert Frost videos on the web. The problem is that almost all of them suck.

Constellations by Todd Boss

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Angella Kassube animates a poem by Todd Boss. The poem can also be found in higher-quality video and text forms at the new site MotionPoems.com (no direct links available due to Flash overkill).

The Dragonfly by Louise Bogan

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Louise Bogan reads her poem in this montage by Josep Porcar for the Catalan website Blocs de Lletres. Porcar took the footage from another film on Vimeo: Mary, written and directed by Mel Eslyn. For the text of the poem, see here.