April 28, 2007

Billy Collins Action Poetry

Billy Collins, former US Poet Laureate and one of America's best-selling poets, is not big on technology. As far as I know, he's not big on email or computers. But he recognizes the power of the web in promoting poetry.

His Poetry 180 project while he was Laureate is available online and in book form (including a sequel). Now there are 11 of short animated films set to Billy reading his poems. There's not much information online about them. They are
produced by JWT-NY . You can watch most of them at YouTube but I prefer the video quality on the actual Billy Collins Action Poetry site.

I have embedded a few here to sample.

Here's an interpretation of Billy's poem "Forgetfulness" with animation by
Julian Grey/Head Gear

"Budapest" is also animated by Julian Grey/Head Gear

"Now and Then" is animated by Eun-ha Paek of Milky Elephant.


  1. Don't be so sure that BC is not big on technology, computers, email, and the Internet. As it happens, though he writes with a pencil in hand, he owns 3 computers that are for his use only. (The moral of the story: don't judge a book by its cover.)

    ; )

  2. Well, anon - I'm just saying it based on things BC said to me (a few years ago). I'm OK him not being techie - more important that he embraces the USE of the technology whether it be animated poems, Poetry 180 online or whatever.


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