So not only did you teach me about writing memoir, you also taught me about reading and thinking about how others write memoir. Thank you so much! Rebecca

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:

  1. 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.


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