In internet years, this video is basically surfing with the help of a rascal scooter. But, knowing how much you guys love useful videos and poetry, here it is: an animated poem! The author is Billy Collins, and that’s his voice in the video, which could be described as wonderfully monotone.

More wonderful, is the accessibility of his prose. However nervous you are about understanding the work of poets, your anxiety will dissipate when you realize you, too have forgotten the quadratic equation, South American geography and the entire existence of particular books (or people for that matter).

7 Comments Forgetfulness

  1. chelsie April 29, 2010 at 8:12 AM

    I got confused on who Bill Collins is and was mentally expecting to hear Phil Collins when I started that video. Majorly disappointing.

  2. Christopher April 29, 2010 at 8:44 AM

    This is great – I really love this!

  3. soo April 29, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    This is stunning! Thanks for digging it up :)

  4. kate April 29, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    I haven’t seen this in years; thanks for the reminder. And if you haven’t already, you should look up the rest of his animated poems, although this is my favorite by far.

  5. José Luis April 29, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    Sounds to me like ‘Fitter happier’ by Radiohead

  6. Geo May 1, 2010 at 11:39 AM


    But the capital of Paraguay is long, long gone.

  7. sally January 5, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    He’s captured exactly what I am experiencing. Love this poem!

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