Voice Alpha

on reading poetry aloud for an audience


‘how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wing’

Couldn’t resist this one. Beyond the fact that it seems to be some sort of ecstatic religious aubade, no idea what this poem is saying. And I find the reading overly-dramatic, not to say histrionic. But am still caught by the reader’s near-ecstatic enthusiasm for the words. See what you think.

The Windhover by Gerard Manley Hopkins, read by Hugh Schwartzberg (poem text)

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‘We shape our self’

Interesting recitation here from UK poet David Whyte. The poet has memorized the poem, but not to full fluency and accuracy. He flubs the wording a few times, and uses the technique of repetition to help him over thin gaps. It’s only when you look at the text that you can see where the repetition is unintended. In the video, it sounds as if the repetitions might be part of the piece.

Working Together by David Whyte (poem text)


Love Bill Murray but maybe he shouldn’t read Wallace Stevens?

It may be a good reading, but I can’t tell – it’s so slooooooow.


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