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on reading poetry aloud for an audience


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‘when memory shakes open its prize’

Speaking of timbre, here’s a nice, warm, dense voice:

Song Beside the Barn Wall by Alice Templeton (1 min 37 secs)
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‘in sleep I drew a sausage’

Not fair to say it, since voice timbre is not really under anyone’s control, but I found this one pretty painful listening, recording quality aside.

His Carpets Flowered by Lorine Niedecker (2 min 10 secs)

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yes and no

Yes:

The Obsoletion of a Language by Kay Ryan
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No:

Winter Solstice Chant by Annie Finch
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Carol Ann Duffy – not so much

Ouch. Really a case where a poet would be so much better off getting someone else to read their poems for them.

She reads her poem You here. More of her readings here.


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using voice to investigate and internalize

Love this post from Anthony Madrid.

When I was in the middle phase of dissertation writing, I developed a technique of reading I found so helpful and enriching that I want to urge it upon the whole world. This technique is a simple thing—“obvious”—yet I was forty before it ever occurred to me to do it. Now I can’t imagine my life as a serious reader of poetry without it. I’ll tell you the back story.


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I am fearfully and wonderfully made – and so are you

watch this beautiful child

(cross-posted at Very Like A Whale)


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’twas the night before Christmas – Jim Meskimen

No mention of Christmas at Voice Alpha yet this year – getting these Jim Meskimen voice gymnastics in under the wire. Merry Christmas!

More on Jim Meskimen at Voice Alpha.

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