Poetry for YouTube Fans

By Staff

<p>Think of poetry as dry or inaccessible? First, read <a href=”https://www.utne.com/arts/what-we-miss-if-we-pass-on-poetry-hint-not-poems.aspx” target=”_self”>
<em>Utne</em> editor Julie Hanus’ post</a> on why readers shouldn’t dismiss the field of poetry as a whole. Next, check out <a href=”http://www.youtube.com/user/JWTNY”>poetry set to animation on YouTube</a>; it may change your mind yet. Ad agency JWT-NY has produced videos that feature former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins reading his poems set to delightful animation. Collins’ poems are known for being popular and accessible to begin with, but the added animation is intended to draw people in with even greater ease. I especially enjoyed the eeriness of “Some Days,” embedded below.</p>
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<p>(Thanks, <a href=”http://thetyee.ca/Video/2008/03/26/YouTubePoetry/”>The Tyee</a>.)<br />
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<a href=”https://www.utne.com/bios/utne-reader-interns.aspx” target=”_self”>Sarah Pumroy</a>
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