Here’s Rachel Dacus reading her own poem “I spend an afternoon with Monet.” It starts at 30 seconds in and ends at the 2-minute mark.
This is the kind of reading I like – conversational, engaged, convincing. Great breath control, volume and diction, beautifully varied tone and good pace, but Rachel also brings in that intangible – she is very much inside the poem, communicating out of it to you. You can tell she knows the poem well and has practiced reading it, but there is still an element of spontaneity to the performance which I find authentic and convincing. As a bonus, we get great eye contact and facial expressions too.
If I have one very minor nit, I’d vote for eliminating the hand-gestures – the reading doesn’t need them, and I found them a touch distracting and detracting.
Thanks for sharing, Rachel!