Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Good advice …

… Stop Using 'Poet Voice' | City Arts. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

I try to read my poems as if they were dramatic monologues, which they often. It seems to work. E. E. Cummings, though, had a very stylized manner, which also worked. Some poets just don't have good reading voices. Wallace Stevens tends to sound as though he's proofing legal brief. And best not go the Dylan Thomas route unless you have the voice.

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