Thursday, July 17, 2014

From City Arts Online: Stop Using 'Poet Voice' Tuesday, July 15, 2014 | by Rich Smith

Here's a great article about "poet voice" which is very annoying if you go to a lot of readings.

I agree about looking to theatre and remembering a reading is performance. It can be really tough--especially for new writers. Getting a performance coach--someone with a theatre background--can be very helpful.


"I suggest poets look to the theatre for direction. If you’re a poet writing poems that have a speaker—no matter how reliable or fragmentary— do what the actors do. You are on stage, aren’t you? Pick a character that makes sense with the poems, square your shoulders to the audience, and project to the back of the room. You’re not trying to talk down a bear; you’re trying to be the bear. Deciding on reading styles that suit or productively play with the content of your poems will add meaningful layers to the poems, which will make for a richer performance experience for everyone involved."
uggest poets look to the theatre for direction. If you’re a poet writing poems that have a speaker—no matter how reliable or fragmentary— do what the actors do. You are on stage, aren’t you? Pick a character that makes sense with the poems, square your shoulders to the audience, and project to the back of the room. You’re not trying to talk down a bear; you’re trying to be the bear. Deciding on reading styles that suit or productively play with the content of your poems will add meaningful layers to the poems, which will make for a richer performance experience for everyone i - See more at: http://www.cityartsonline.com/articles/stop-using-poet-voice#sthash.JhOI8Zwv.dpuf

I suggest poets look to the theatre for direction. If you’re a poet writing poems that have a speaker—no matter how reliable or fragmentary— do what the actors do. You are on stage, aren’t you? Pick a character that makes sense with the poems, square your shoulders to the audience, and project to the back of the room. You’re not trying to talk down a bear; you’re trying to be the bear. Deciding on reading styles that suit or productively play with the content of your poems will add meaningful layers to the poems, which will make for a richer performance experience for everyone involved.
- See more at: http://www.cityartsonline.com/articles/stop-using-poet-voice#sthash.JhOI8Zwv.dpuf
Stop Using 'Poet Voice' Tuesday, July 15, 2014 | by Rich Smith

See more at: http://www.cityartsonline.com/articles/stop-using-poet-voice#sthash.JhOI8Zwv.dpuf

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