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"First Kiss" by Tim Seibles

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This animation is part of our series, "There's a Poem for That," which features animated interpretations of poems both old and new that give language to some of life's biggest feelings. Check out the full series here: http://bit.ly/TEDEdTheresAPoemForThat

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Meet The Creators

  • Poet Tim Seibles
  • Director Hannah Jacobs
  • Animator Bianca Beneduci , Katy Wang, Hannah Jacobs
  • Storyboard Artist Hannah Jacobs
  • Narrator Tim Seibles
  • Composer Stephen LaRosa
  • Sound Designer Stephen LaRosa
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Associate Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
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Watch an interview with Tim Seibles about his poem here: http://bit.ly/InterviewTimSeibles

His National Book Award nominated collection, Fast Animal, threads the journey from youthful innocence to the whittled-hard awareness of adulthood. Along the way it immerses the reader in palpable moments―the importance of remembering, the burden of race, and the meaning of true wakefulness. 

Other collections include Body Moves (1988), Hurdy-Gurdy (1992), Hammerlock (1999), Buffalo Head Solos (2004) and One Turn Around the Sun (2017).
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TED-Ed Animations feature the words and ideas of educators brought to life by professional animators. Are you an educator or animator interested in creating a TED-Ed Animation? Nominate yourself here »

Meet The Creators

  • Poet Tim Seibles
  • Director Hannah Jacobs
  • Animator Bianca Beneduci , Katy Wang, Hannah Jacobs
  • Storyboard Artist Hannah Jacobs
  • Narrator Tim Seibles
  • Composer Stephen LaRosa
  • Sound Designer Stephen LaRosa
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Associate Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • See more