Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken on giving poetry readings

While reading on the Poets and Writers blog, I came across this post by Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken. The subject is about reading poetry aloud and how you can often see what is wrong with a poem by reading it aloud. She also discusses planning for a reading. I like what she says, so I am including the link to her post. 

What do you think? How do you plan for a reading? If you aren't a poet or writer, do you go to hear readings? 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Because of my visual impairment, I can't just walk to the podium with a copy of my poetry collection, thumb through it, and say, "I'll start with this one." Before a reading, I chose the poems I'm going to read. If I haven't already transcribed them into Braille, I undertake that task so I can read them aloud more easily. Then, I practice.

My parents were actors, not professional unfortunately, but in any case, I learned at an early age the value of rehearsal. I practice reading each poem aloud. Like I do when I sing, I determine where I'll take a breath. I also decide which words to emphasize to express the meaning of the poem.