Poems in motion: Billy Collins at TED2012

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“I’m here to give you your recommended daily allowance of poetry.” So says Billy Collins, former Poet Laureate of the United States.

He tells the story of being approached by the Sundance Channel to record his poems and set them to animation. Attempts to set his poetry to music had failed in the past. But he found it an intriguing possibility. And on top of that, “Bugs Bunny is my muse,” so he loved the idea of animating them. So he did. He shows the TED audience five of these animations.

Budapest (above). A poem about writing poems, where he pretends to let the reader in to the process of writing. (Says Collins: “Writing is not as easy as that for me, but i like to pretend it comes with ease.”)

Some Days. About arranging people, or being the one arranged. It can be boiled down to…

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