Pause for Poetry: A Reading by Billy Collins

Photo by Pete Wright

Photo by Pete Wright

Photo by Pete Wright

This week’s Pause for Poetry focuses on Billy Collins’ readings of his poems “Forgetfulness” and “The Country”.

Collins, Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003, is one of America’s bestselling poets. Known – and sometimes criticized – for his extremely accessible work, Collins has written 11 popular books and has seemingly won every imaginable literary award, despite his many critics.

In the following video readings, Collins work is accompanied by some innovative animation created by Julian Grey of Headgear Animation and Brady Baltezor of Radium Animation, respectively. 

With this in mind, let’s all hit the Pause button on our lives for a few minutes and watch some “action poetry” from Billy Collins.

Pause for Poetry: A Reading by Billy Collins

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3 responses to “Pause for Poetry: A Reading by Billy Collins

  1. Belladonnatella

    Hi there, I recently stumbled across the HeadGear animation for “Forgetfulness” as well and was blown away. Good to see it featured here, too.

    I know what you mean by calling Billy Collin’s work “accessible”, but IMHO, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

    • Belladonnatella,
      I agree. I definitely prefer “accessible” poetry myself. I didn’t mean it as a bad thing, personally, but that critics tend to label his work that way (and they mean it as a bad thing). I think his work is great! And the videos just add something special to it.

      Thanks for visiting,
      Frank

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