Sunday, November 14, 2010

"Litany" by Billy Collins, Interpreted by a 3-year old


One of the greatest poetry "readings" I've ever heard. Pure heart, cadence, enunciation and grace. I hope you enjoy it. Apparently, when this boy was four, he met the poet (NPR reported on it).

10 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Oh, I love this! So sweet with a voice like an angel.

deb said...

I saw this through another blog, Karen, isn't it just the best?

and of course the poem itself, and Billy Collins.

were you able to visit with Allegra?

Allegra Smith said...

I was alright until:
"But don't worry, I am not the bread and the knife.
You are still the bread and the knife.
You will always be the bread and the knife, not to mention the crystal goblet and—somehow—the wine."

Billy Collins being one of my favorites and this being one of the most - including his own reading - emotion trigger interpretation I have heard, ever.
Out of the mouth of babes...

rebecca said...

thank you for this. i love billy collins for "the stars in the sky"...
and after watching this clip, suddenly my house seems spotless and tidy. it must always be spotless and tidy,
for the unexpected company my husband will bring.

smiling from here,
rebecca

Ellen said...

I posted this on my facebook page...I was just floored listening to him. Children can be so amazing! That was a long poem for him to recite...also he was quite a cutie too!

ChiTown Girl said...

WOW!!! Because the video wouldn't play here, I had to click over to youtube, which then allowed me to watch a few more of his videos. AMAZING!

karen gerstenberger said...

deb, we had to re-schedule...but it is on the calendar and I am sooo looking forward to it. Will let you know when it happens. =)
rebecca, I am glad that your house feels ready for company now. Hope your trip was deeply satisfying in every way.
Elizabeth, you are often my poetry inspiration - this one is especially for you.
So glad that you all enjoyed it! It moves me every time I hear his sweet, innocent interpretation.

Busy Bee Suz said...

Also could not get the video here, but found it on youtube.
How sweet is that....what an amazing young man he is. Love it!!!!

Mary Potts said...

How sweet, and what an unbelievable memory for a child that age! I can barely remember what I need from the grocery store if I leave my list at home. Love that poem too. Thank you for sharing.

Jabacue said...

Karen, that was fantastic! He is one to watch out for. Imagine, only 3 years old. Thansk for this.
Jim