Monday, May 20, 2013

Bringing words to life

Happy Monday, friends. ☺

On Friday I mentioned that I thought my weekend would be busy, and I was definitely right! I missed my Saturday and Sunday posts because of it, and I'm glad to be back today. I hope you all had a great weekend.

Today I'd like to highlight one of my favorite poets, former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins. Like my all-time favorite poet Ted Kooser, Collins writes about everyday life in a very conversational and accessible way. Bruce Weber of The New York Times once called him "the most popular poet in America."

I began reading Collins' poetry a couple of years ago, and during my research, I learned that several artists have worked to create animated videos of some of his poems, bringing them to life even more vividly than the poet's words alone. I'd like to share one of those short videos with you today. I hope you enjoy it.


(Animated by Julian Grey of Head Gear Animation. You can find the poem here.)

Wishing you all a fantastic Monday. ☺

Note: For some reason, Blogger is not allowing me to respond to all of the comments on this post. I appreciate them very much and will be visiting each of your blogs during the next few days. Thanks again.

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    1. This is a great surprise, especially for a Monday. Thanks! ☺

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  2. That is so cool! Have a great week...and BTW...you're being BLITZED! :)

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    1. Thanks so much, DL. This was a great surprise! I hope your week is a good one, too. :)

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  3. Wow, what a beautiful poem. As a Brit I must confess ignorance of Billy Collins but that truly spoke to me so I shall be off now to look up some more of his work. Thank you!

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    1. I'm so glad the poem inspired you to read more! Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  4. Thanks for introducing us to some poets to read! Btw, you've been blitzed!! (-:

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  5. Thank you for introducing me to Billy Collins. The animation enhances the verse, what a nice way to take the lyrical words in.
    Have a wonderful BLITZY kind of day

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Vicki! I'm glad you liked the video.

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  6. I had never heard of Billy Collins. Thanks for introducing me!! Happy Monday my friend :-)

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    1. You're welcome, Keith. Have a great day!

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  7. Thanks so much for sharing this! I loved the poem, and the animation was really intriguing. I will definitely have to look at more of Collins' work!

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    1. I'm glad. Check out Kooser, too! He's great. ☺

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  8. I've heard Billy Collins read his poetry before (and love it, of course) but I've never seen his poetry animated. What a great way to represent poetry! Thanks for posting and Happy Blitz Day :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Marie. I'm glad you enjoyed the video!

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  9. Hey! I know busy! Look at you, miss poet!
    Would have visited you anyway, but now it's personal.
    I mean, obligational as a blitzer!

    you know what i mean! have a great week, sweetie!

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    1. You too, Tara! Thanks so much. ☺

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  10. What a lovely way to start off my Monday. Happy Blitz day! :)

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  11. Sometimes "busy" happens when we are totally engaged in life. Hope this was the case for you this weekend!

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    1. It really was. I had a great weekend spending time with my family. :)

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  12. Thanks for the introduction to Billy Collins and the video. I used to store lots of everyday stuff in my 'Memory BrainBank', but these days my PHONE seems more reliable...omg, that's so scary. A.G. Bell must be spinning in his grave, but at least my BrainBank is less cluttered with phone numbers...making room for more useless information and 'Catch Phrases' like...YOU'VE BEEN BLITZED!!!

    Sue CollectInTexasGal
    SkyVue DriveIn...On The AtoZ RoadTrip

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    1. LOL Thanks, Sue! I'm having a blast!

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  13. I think we all worry that we'll become forgetful. Billy Collins expressed it very eloquently. Thanks for posting that video. And yes, you have been blitzed!

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  14. I love the part of the poem about the memories going to the little fishing village where there are no phones - just wonderful! Thanks for a great Monday post!

    Happy Blitz Day!

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    1. Isn't that great? I love it, too. :)

      Thanks for stopping by, Madeline. ☺

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  15. great poetry reminder on a Monday. Not just any Monday - a blog blitz to you Monday. Have a great day. Nice blog - glad I got to visit.

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    1. Thanks, Joanne. I really appreciate your stopping by! I hope you're having a wonderful Monday. :)

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  16. Wow! Loved that poem and the video was excellent. That's just how it seems to be as things you once knew are forgotten...drifting away! Enjoy this blitzful day!

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    1. It seems pretty familiar to me too, unfortunately. :)

      Thanks! It's been a great day!

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  17. What a conceptually intriquing approach to poetry! Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your blitz out!

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  18. You've been blitzed that's how I found my way to your lovely blog again amazing Dana ..:). Amazing poem...

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  19. Looks like today may be just as busy as the weekend...at least for your blog! Enjoy your blitz!

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    1. Thanks, Zoe. I'm having a great time!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. Happy Monday!

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  21. Blitzed! :)

    Lovely poetry.

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by! You all made my day. ☺

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  22. Total blitz, sans the alcohol.

    I need to read more poetry. Collins knows how to structure a sentence.

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    1. Yes, he's really good at that.

      Thanks for the blitz!

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  23. It is always good to get recommendations of interesting ideas and reading matter. Thanks.

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    1. You're welcome. Thanks so much for stopping by. ☺

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  24. Hi, Dana, and Happy Blitz Day! It's great to meet you and discover your blog thanks to the blitz. :)

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    1. Never heard of Billy Collins... until now

      Happy Blitz Day!

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    2. Hi, Julie. I'm so glad you stopped by! Thanks!

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    3. Thanks so much, Chippy!

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  25. That's so cool that people make videos to go with the poetry. Thanks for sharing. New follower here :)

    Happy Blitz Day!!!

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  26. And I meant to post that comment as a separate comment not a reply - I seem to have lost the ability to use a computer today!

    Here's wishing you a Happy Blitz Day for the second time.

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    1. No worries. That actually happens to me a lot. :)

      Thanks again!

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  27. That was actually really beautiful! I love it!

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  28. Hi, Dana. Good morning and happy monday! Have an AWESOME Blitz Day! : )

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  29. Wow... moving stuff. I'd love it if the text version was included, I find having the time and space to interpret the words on my own is a really nice option :) Happy Blitz Day.

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    1. I'm glad you liked it! I linked to the poem beneath the video, but maybe I should have posted the text instead. Thanks for the suggestion. :)

      I appreciate your stopping by. ☺

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  30. Great of you to highlight a poet that's getting some exposure through another medium. Maybe this other outlet will open up people towards poetry. Poetry is important in our lives, but as straight poetry (usually someone standing in front a microphone and reading) it doesn't get the love. With some outlets, it can broaden its reach. Thanks for posting!

    Bradley Charbonneau of Pass the Sour Cream.

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    1. I completely agree. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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    1. Thanks. I'm having a great time!

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  32. I never heard of of this poem but love the video that goes with it. I'm so glad I found you. Happy Blitz Day to you!!

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  33. Hope your busy weekend was fun.

    Clever video and poem.


    Bazinga! You've been blitzed! Have a great Monday!

    Heather

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    1. My weekend was great, and so is today! Thanks, Heather!

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  34. Hey, Dana,

    Nice to meet you! What a very profound and almost disturbing poem. Yet, so true. Sadly we do lose many memories as we get older.

    But as for today the sun is shining and there is a cool breeze dancing through the maple trees of Chicago. Have a wonderful Monday and HAPYY BLITZ DAY!!!!

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    1. It's great to meet you, too! I love your attitude: today is what counts. :)

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  35. I've never heard of Collins, I'll have to read more of his work. Thanks for introducing him to me!

    Happy Blitz Day! :)

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  36. Hm, some may find that poem depressing, but I find it remarkably comforting - cuz it means I'm not the only one who can't remember stuff!

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  37. I've never heard of this poet! Thanks for introducing me to him.
    Happy Blitz Day!
    Enjoy!

    Writer In Transit

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  38. Dear Frazzled Mom & Writer-Dana,
    Love your mini bio, your banner, and I enjoyed Collins poem.
    Enjoy each moment with your children, they'll be grown before you know it.
    Happy Blitz Day! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Tracy. That's very good advice. They grow up so fast. It's bittersweet...

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  39. Happy Blitz day! I am (shamefacedly) so not knowledgeable about poetry. I think I have a mental block left over from high school. When I hear/read poetry, like the Collins poem above, I'm always surprised that I like it - as if I didn't know chocolate was yummy and wine delicious. Duh. I think I need to do some poetry self-education!

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Alex. Poetry self-education is the best kind of poetry education. I think it gives you more freedom to read the poets you really like. :)

      Have a great Tuesday. ☺

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  40. I don't believe I'd ever heard of this poet before. I'm more familiar with the European poets. That was an interesting video.

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  41. What a melancholy poem but so true. Happy Blog Blitz Day!

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  42. Dana, That poem was profound, and unfortunately in my case, very true.

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    1. I know what you mean. Same here...

      Have a great Tuesday!

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  43. Wow, what a thoughtful poem. I've never been much of one for poetry, but thank you for introducing him to me.

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  44. Although not a "modern" poetry fan, that was definitely a thought-provoking poem.

    Truthfully, I thought the poem had more impact as written than as presented through the video.

    Thanks for posting and making me think/consider this morning. #blogblitz

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

      I, too, like to read and interpret poems rather than have someone else interpret them for me (however that person does that), but I think that these animations bring poetry to people who might otherwise be afraid of it, and I think that's important.

      Have a wonderful Tuesday. ☺

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  45. Hello from the blog blitz gang. Not a poetry person, but very nice to be introduced to this.
    karen

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  46. I have never been into poetry much and have never been that great at writing it. Lovely poem!

    Kathy
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  47. I'll have to check Collins out. I'm always on the look out for good poetry!

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    1. He's great. Kooser is excellent, too!

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  48. I too was not aware of this poet - I'll have to check out some of his stuff. Thanks for the heads-up.

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  49. Nice to meet you, Dana, and happy BLITZ DAY! :)

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  50. You've been blitzed! ;) What a cool poem! It pretty much resembles my life!

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  51. Love Billy Collins!! Happy Blitz Day!

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  52. Hey Dana! Blitzing by. I enjoy poetry - thanks for the great introduction and video! Happy Monday to ya!

    Vidya Sury
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  53. I'm at work now, so I'll have to be sure to watch this later. Happy Blitz day!

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  54. Happy Blitz Monday! What a fabulous poem video! I played it for my kids, who also feel touched by greatness this morning. Thanks for turning me on to a new poet. I look forward to seeking out more of these videos and of course, his written work. :)

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  55. I'm here to Blitz you! You have been recognized. I love Collins. Great post.
    ~Summer

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  56. Hi, Dana,

    I'm useless at Poetry, but I when I do read, the sentiment behind the words does touch my heart.

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  57. Happy Blitz Day!!!! I'm showering you with confetti only you don't have to clean it up. ; )

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  58. Hi Dana, Good poem choice. So loaded with sadness, at least for me. I watched my husband's parents and sister as their brains were slowly eaten away by senile dementia or Alzheimers. I'm not sure what the difference is but, at least in his mother's case, it left her with the knowledge that thoughts were missing, and that she couldn't find them. This poem reminds me so much of her--a very sweet woman who always sent a care package home with us, and in the end was leaving half eaten ice cream sandwiches in her bedside drawer and hitting people with her purse because she didn't remember who they were. So very sad.

    Ah well, on a brighter note, Happy Blitz Day. It's good to visit your blog and I'll be back!

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  59. Hello from the Blitz!!

    I love Billy Collins and that poem. Hadn't seen it animated before, though. Very cool.

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  60. Wow, that's a super-sad poem.

    I still remember the capital of Paraguay, and hope to live there some day, so the poem makes me even more sad to think that maybe I'd one day forget it. I hope I won't.

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  61. Hi, Dana! Happy Blitz Day!! I hope you have a fabulous day! :)

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  62. Hey Dana!! I am so excited to have discovered your site through the Blitz! Lovely poetry choice!!!

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  63. A beautiful poem with poetic images to start the week!

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  64. Thanks for sharing with us, Dana. Just stopping by to say hello. Happy Blitz Day to you.

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  65. Hi, I have to admit I don't read a lot of poetry, but it was kind of nice to see the visual interpretation.

    Consider yourself blitz.

    Nice to meet you, Dana.

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  66. Not sure I've read him before, but what a great poem! I hear you on busy weekends. Whew! I think you're awfully brave to try and blog all week long. I think that would make my head explode!

    Great to meet you!

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  67. And a HAPPY MONDAY to you as well!

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  68. Hello Dana!

    And Happy Blog Blitz to you! I've never been exposed to either Billy Collins or Ted Kooser before but since you recommended them I will certainly look into it.

    Sorry I missed you during the A to Z challenge but since I've discovered you now I will put you on my list of people to check out (I'm doing the road trip thing to try and catch some of the people I missed).

    So happy to meet you!
    Bev

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  69. Monday has not been good, a bit like the weekend, Friday one of my cameras went down so I ordered a new one of Amazon which came the next day but it must have been a warning as my hearing has gone in one ear (water), I got covered in oil from the lawn mover, shower door came off on me when I wet to have a shower after and today I found the caravan had not go everything done when it came back from service. To top that I found out waste companies rip you off to take the stuff away. Hope yours went better than mine. Video you posted was good, lot of work went into that.

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  70. Billy Collins is new to me, based on this great intro with really cool animation, I must now look up more of his work. Nice "meeting" you through the blitz ;)

    Have an awesome week!!!

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  71. I'm not a big poetry fan, but I loved that poem! Thanks for sharing! And Happy Blitz Day!

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  72. I'd not heard of Billy Collins before. I made a video for one of my poems. It was a lot of fun to do. Happy Monday!

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  73. What a great choice of poem for your blog this morning. I didn't catch you during the A-Z challenge but am really enjoying going back and catching up on all the stuff I missed. Happy Blitz Day!

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  74. Happy Blitz!

    ~MPL
    http://pepperwords.com

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  75. I enjoy Billy Collins' poetry very much! I love the style and voice of his poems.

    Happy Blog Blitz, Dana!!

    Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

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  76. -Looks around...-

    Am I too late for the blitz??

    No?

    Great!! Happy Blitz Day and I hope this helps make Monday a bit more bearable :)

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  77. Busy weekends are fun, but they're always followed by a Monday of catching up!

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  78. Having seen my Grandmother go through this, Forgetfulness hit home to me, to a big aching in my chest to have my grandma back, to the reminder that I fear losing my mind as well, and to the awe that is poetry. So glad you shared.

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  79. Well I haven't read his poetry before but I'd o and check out now!
    Happy Blitz!! :D

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  80. Hello Dana,
    I don't know if I will have a fantastic Monday after hearing that poem but it does express in a beautiful and melancholy way something that we all feel and that's what art is all about - so thank you. Hope you enjoyed being blitzed. I'm going to follow you know as I think we're in a similar boat. Happy sailing!
    Clare

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  81. Woah, that's awesome.
    Didn't know there was such a thing as animated poetry.
    Have a great day and happy Blitz, Dana!

    anna
    Deeply Shallow

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  82. Happy Blitz Day, Dana!!!

    What a cool thing to do with a poem! Love it!

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  83. Happy blog blitz!

    I can't watch the video on my work PC, but i'll check it out later

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  84. Happy blog blitz!

    Thanks for sharing that video! It was great!

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  85. I almost skipped the video since I'm way behind schedule. So glad I didn't.

    Happy blog blitz.

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  86. Happy Blitz Day!
    What a great way to spread a love of literature. Thanks for sharing I'll have to look for his work next library trip :)
    Gladiator's Pen

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  87. Interesting video. So true about forgetting. We really do have some wonderful poet laureates, don't we? Happy Blitz Day!

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  88. Hi Dana, Happy Blitz day to you... I'm glad I came. I see you survived the A - Z poetry challenge. I tried for NaPoWriMo but didn't make it this year. Got busy with this new blogging thing and decided to leave the poetry off my site and focus on my wellness writing. But I'm missing the poetic infusion greatly. So... glad I came!

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  89. Dana thanks for bringing poets to the light. Writers get so much coverage but the poet is the master of words IMHO

    oh and happy Blitz to you
    hope you feel loved!!!

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  90. Billy Collins is one of my favorite poets of ALL TIME!!! A few years ago, my kids and I tried to memorize a bunch of his poems. I might have to do it again :)

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  91. I love poetry and try and teach it to my children. They have yet to embrace it, but that doesn't stop me from trying:)

    Happy Blog Blitz:)

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  92. I don't know much about poetry unfortunately :(

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  93. Amazing animation and verse! I prefer listening to poetry because in my poor muddled head, the rhythm of verse sometimes gets lost. Lovely.

    Happy Blitz!

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  94. I've never heard of this poet before. But I shall go look him up now!

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  95. Aloha,

    Have to admit poetry is not my favorite genre - but I admire anyone who can make the words flow like that:)

    Happy Blog Blitz day :)

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  96. Ha! I remember many things 'that I used to know by heart' a long time ago, it's what I had for lunch today that I can't seem to remember.

    Hey, nice to meet you. BTW~ you've been blitzed!

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  97. I LOVE Billy Collins!!! There is a TED talk that he does that explains the reason he was willing to let people animate his poetry. Brilliant.

    Happy blog blitz day!

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  98. I love stumbling upon a new creative soul and discovering how much I like them. I'll have to check out this Billy Collins.

    Happy blog blitz. :)

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  99. Hi Dana, I am part of the blog blitz that has descended like a plague on you today. It is so much fun to find new folks that are blogging to get to know. I hope you get a lot of attention and some new fans with this blitz.

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  100. I'm not much into poetry, but that was good. Thanks for sharing, Dana. Happy Blitz Day! :D

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  101. It's always fun seeing what others love. Happy Blitz day. :)

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  102. How was your weekend? Did it turn out well, even though you were so busy?

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  103. Good morning. And you have been blitzed.

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  104. Happy blitz day! Must admit I've never heard of Billy Collins - that poem's a bit dark, don't know if they're all like that?
    Suzanne @Suzannes Tribe

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  105. Happy Blitz Day!! I love that poem, and the cute video makes it even more entertaining. You have a new follower in me! :)

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  106. Happy Blitz Day! I'm not really a poetry person but I enjoyed that. Thanks for sharing.

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  107. How ya feeling? A little woozy? Perfectly understandable when you're this blitzed! Congratulations! Enjoy.

    Loved the poem, but it was a little bittersweet

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  108. That poem was great! Next time I feel forgetful, I'll probably remember the poem instead of whatever I'm supposed to be remembering lol. Hope you enjoy being blog blitzed today!

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  109. Happy Blitz Day!
    Loved the poem! I feel like anything relating to everyday life or real life situations is far more accepted than other things; this is just further proof of that!

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  110. I liked the poem but the reader or narrator? Ack. Please tell me that's not Collins.

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  111. That was cool. Thanks for sharing it.

    ......dhole

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  112. I do enjoy poetry, I just wish I wasn't so bad at it. Have a great day! (:

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  113. Hi Dana, you've been BLITZED.

    I'm not much on poetry, but it was worth visiting you for the Realtor billboard from this weekend! I am so using that for my blog.

    Thanks for running a really cool writing blog!

    best
    madhaus
    Burbed: SF Bay/Silicon Valley Real Estate, Housing, Mortgage & Bubble Price Insanity

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  114. I love poetry, but honestly haven't heard of these poets. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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  115. Thanks for sharing. Happy Blog Blitz!

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  116. I came for the blitz, but that poem, wow. I'm moved and more than a little pensive. Thanks for sharing!

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  117. I am late to the blitz today because I'm subbing at our local high school...right now I'm in an art class. I had to scroll down a long list of comments. I hope you enjoy being blitzed!

    I'm going to file the animated poem away in the back of my brain and pull it out one day when a language arts teacher doesn't leave me an adequate lesson plan! Thanks for the new info.

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  118. I am also here for the blitz. I enjoyed the animated poem. The visuals definitely added to the imagery. I loved his words and am excited to read more from this author. I hope you are having a great blitz. It looks like it. There are well of a hundred comments above mine. Congratulations on your blitz. Enjoy!

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  119. Great poem. I think. The time it took me to scroll to comment I forgot. LOL!

    Seriously, thank you for exposure to a new writer via a new medium (for me--I am a book-a-holic). Take care and happy BLITZ!!

    Deborah

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  120. Hi Dana!! That was a great poem! Loved! Enjoyed reading this post and a couple of others you have! Interesting blog, and happy I visited you!! Stop by and say hello sometime! Sandy of sandysanderellasmusings.blogspot.com

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  121. Hello Dana. Today is day of poems and being blitzed. Have a wonderful week!

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  122. Blog blitz ~

    Come on by and visit me sometime (said in my best Mae West voice)...

    thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com

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  123. Loved the poem, Dana. And nice to meet you. Laura Eno sent me.

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  124. I still remember the quadratic formula...but I was a math teacher. I love Billy Collins. Didn't know about the animated videos. That was GREAT!
    Happy Blog Blitz, and very nice to meet you.
    Tina @ Life is Good
    Co-host, April 2013 A-Z Challenge Blog
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  125. Glad you had a wonderful weekend! It was beautiful.

    Happy Blog Blitz -- and poetry is my favorite, all forms!

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  126. Happy Blitz!! Your blog is so cheery :-)

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  127. Happy Blitz Day, Dana! I've never read Billy Collins, but I'm about to start, thanks to you!

    Lyre at Lyre's Musings

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  128. Happy Blitz! Thanks for sharing the video. I hadn't heard of Billy Collins but I'm glad that I have now.

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  129. I forgot about Billy Collins and his talents. Happy Blitz!

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  130. Happy Blog Blitz, Dana! I can't think of a better blogger to have this happen to. You are awesome!

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  131. Hi,

    Nice job here! So glad to meet you.

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  132. What a powerful poem and the animation really makes it come to life.

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  133. And wishing you a happy tail end of the blitz.

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  134. I loved this - especially his reference to the river Lethe as the source of our impending oblivion - awesome! Good choice:)
    Cheers - from another mother trying to juggle kiddos with lofty writing pursuits!!

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  135. I love the video, I was little busy too..:) Happy Monday Dana:)

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  136. That is a very apt poem for a Monday. I enjoyed it. Thank you!

    Happy blitz!

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  137. Great post sorry day late to blitz you, I'm on holiday!

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  138. A beautiful poem! It's amazing how many small things we learn and forget in a life time!

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  139. I love this poem and the video of it! I think I might use this with my students in my classroom. Thank you so much for sharing!!

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  140. Happy belated blitz!
    I think I've only ever read one or two Collins poems before. Will go discover more!

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  141. I see what you mean about his tackling common every day things, like memory, lol! I can relate. But mine is still good--with a few lapses when I get busy or have a stack of things to do. Wait, I have it on my list...um, anyone seen my list?

    He's not a poet I've read a lot. Thanks for bringing him back to mind. :-)

    Sia McKye OVER COFFEE

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  142. Yes, Billy Collins is very interesting, a great find for me.

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  143. Wow! That is so powerful, and a very visually appealing poem. The specificity of it is so universally relatable. I think this is the first I've heard of Billy Collins. I definitely need to check out more of his work.

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  144. Sorry to have missed your Blitz. Mondays are truly the worst for me to remember! That is a nice poem and definitely relatable! Writer’s Mark

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  145. Hi Dana!! I'm late to the Blitz, sorry. Migraines have been hindering my thought processes!! Happy Blitz!!!

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