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We were recently commissioned by The Washington Post to produce an animation to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of National Poetry Month.

The Washington post asked 10 poets for a poem and then 10 designers to put them in motion.

Taking a section of the poem Commencement by Kevin Young we brought the poem to life through a combination of beautiful illustrations, animated details and dynamic typography.

It was a delight to work on and we are honored to be amongst a collection of great poets and animators. You can see all 10 of the poems and animations on The Washington Post.


Commencement by Kevin Young

Already the apartments
unfilling. Steady rain.
The feeling of rented

gowns against the skin.
Of rented everything.
That rain

again. The green—
loud sound of digging,
whine from a far-off machine.

Tornadoes take away
whole towns,
touching down. Families

try to find
each other, pointing out
their child in the crowd—

That one’s mine,
proud. Teams practice
sliding home

dusting off uniforms
& somewhere the tailor is bored
to tears with nothing

left to hem. Rained
out games—

But the flowers love it

says the man selling me
sweet tea.
In my yard what I thought

were only weeds
turns out are really
a hundred tiny

blooming maple trees.

Excerpted from “Blue Laws” by Kevin Young. Copyright © 2016 by Kevin Young. Excerpted by permission of Knopf, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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