Posted by: Jeff Edwards | April 16, 2013

An animation by Jennifer Keyes, based on a poem by E. E. Cummings

Today I’ve got the second of three short animations from Amy Wilson’s Foundation Drawing class.

This one was made by VCS student Jennifer Keyes, a first year student from Chicago. It’s based on “Poem” by E. E. Cummings, originally published in the magazine Shenandoah in 1962 and later collected in the posthumous Cummings collection 73 Poems and the Shenandoah anthology Strongly Spent: 50 Years of Poetry.


what time is it? it is by every star
a different time, and each most falsely true;
or so subhuman superminds declare

– not all their times encompass me and you:

when we are never, but forever now
(hosts of eternity; not guests of seem)
believe me, dear, clocks have enough to do

without confusing timelessness and time.

Time cannot children, poets, lovers tell –
Measure imagine, mystery, a kiss
– not though mankind would rather know than feel:

mistrusting utterly that timelessness

whose absence would make your whole life and my
(and infinite our) merely to undie


I’ll be back in a few days with one more animation from this year’s Foundation Drawing class.

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