An Animated Retelling of Billy Collins’ Poem “The Art of Drowning”

How did “life flashing before one’s eyes” become the definitive trope of death anyway? Setting Billy Collins’ eponymous poem to an animation drawn in a rough-hewn style, The Art of Drowning considers the myriad of other ways we could be subjected to the entirety of our lives when we meet unexpected ends. Diego Maclean‘s animation is simple and effective, and light touches of sound work add appropriate flourishes to the imagery and the narrator’s voice. Short and sweet.

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