Anna Mantzaris looks at poets taking their lines to the boards: From Page to Stage.
Decades ago, one Sunday night, one of the TV networks presented a show of actors peformaing poetry. Among the most memorable was Hurd Hatfield, who starred in the classic film version of The Piction of Dorian Gray, did Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock." It was unforgettable and has always made me think that more of this could do wonders for poetry. A lot of poets, especially American ones, aren't very good at reading their poems, lacking either an attractive voice or a skillful technique of reading or both. Actors can usually do a better job.