Billy Collins reads his poem “The Dead” with animation by Juan Delcan of Spontaneous.
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.
Poem by Billy Collins
Animation by SamuelChristopher/FAD, commissioned by the Sundance Channel’s Action Poetry Series
Animation by Julian Grey of Head Gear Animation, produced by JWT-NY
I have to say these Billy Collins videos from JWT-NY (there are nine total; I’ll post them all eventually) are really an improvement over the straight texts. This is just a matter of personal taste, of course, but Collins’ poems tend to bore me after the first reading. The video adaptations, by contrast, invite repeated viewings. I’m sure there’s a lesson there somewhere…