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January 14, 2011


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nic has added so much to our poetry world online (and off). we are reminded that poetry has an oral tradition, and that there are so many experiences to be gained should we find the ways to listen to each poem as well as read it.

emma, i enjoyed reading about your own experience listening to "wolf boy". same here!

i also like the project nic has going on with several readers reading the same poem. when nic read my poem, "at ruby's diner" some time ago- i learned things about my own poem i hadn't realized until then. (thanks, nic!)

Thanks, Emma, and thanks, Sherry. I'm glad you mention the group reading project! I feel more and more that reading a poem is a whole self-contained act of creation, and that each reader starts that act anew for each poem they read. I recall this great post here by Jessica Piazza ( in which she laments the fact that the poetry establishment pays little attention and devotes almost no resources to teaching the art & craft of reading poetry. A failure to honor the act of creation that reading constitutes. The group reading project at Whale Sound is intended to honor that act of creation, in however small a way. At Voice Alpha, a community blog, we are also trying to build resources to help those looking to hone their poetry reading craft ( and are always looking for guest bloggers!

Nic's doing some very cool stuff in the new medium. I'm happy to see her getting some recognition! She really does represent some of the best things about American poetry in a networked age!

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