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From: "Thomas Fallon" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, March 06, 2005 12:46 PM
Subject: Re: & in Fantastic Providence
> If I am hearing a poem for the first time, I have a difficult time
> understanding it as it is read by the poet. It is there and then
> gone. The spoken word does fly. I do not have the necessary
> time to think about the poem which has some depth of thought
> so I lose the poem completely.
> Most poets I've heard, including Seamus Heaney and Robert
> Creeley, do not read well. I don't really care if they do, but
> think they should educate themselves for their readers' sake.
> You expect poor readers at open mikes, but not on the
> international level.
> The two best poets I've heard introduced each poem well and
> read only short poems which did not have great depth of thought.
> They were not poems lacking in quality, however, and the poets'
> reading did enhance the poems.
> I have only enjoyed reading myself with a group with whom I am
> familiar. I do not mean close friends. I have definitely benefited
> from all my readings with the changes because of the changes
> I have made to the poems, even as I read.
Just a short note to say that basically I get nothing out of poetry readings
and go to them as a social event. I read the words on the page but it is
useful to have the poet's voice in your mind when you do it.