Proud to have been a Poet Laureate, America’s most accessible poet,¬†Billy Collins, reads poems from his Nine Horses collection in this animated talk for TED – Every Day Moments Caught in Time. Using five of the twelve animated poems New York agency¬†JWT¬†commissioned for their client, Sundance Channel, as his backdrop, Mr. Collins strides the stage in his usual comfortable downhome way and charms the crowd to their feet with his wry suggestive tone.
When you get a poem [in a public place], it happens to you so suddenly that you don’t have time to deploy your anti-poetry deflector shields that were installed in high school. – Billy Collins: Everyday Moments, Caught in Time.
If you are even an occasional listener to NPR his is a voice you will recognize immediately and if you are not do yourself a favour – watch and listen to these poems – and you will see why Billy Collins¬†has been credited with the accolade of bringing poetry to the masses.
Although not one of those featured here,¬†TODAY,¬†was one of the twelve poems chosen by JWT to be animated. Unharnessed from the usual client restraint the agency gave full unfettered creative freedom to their appointed animation studios.¬†We count ourselves fortunate to be amongst them. ¬†In many ways the project was a watershed moment for us at¬†Little Fluffy Clouds -¬†it gave us the chance to do things differently – see for yourself.
Watch the entertaining Mr. Collins’ TED talk here: http://bit.ly/GW2C5m.¬†See all the animated poems in the line-up here: Billy Collins Action Poetry¬†and listen to NPR’s TED Radio Hour here:¬†http://n.pr/Npfer7. A treat for the ears, a feast for the eyes.