Here’s the challenge — and, it’s really easy: record your own reading of this poem, upload it to your blog, or on Soundcloud, or make a video reading of this poem, upload it to YouTube, and send me the link to wherever your reading is posted. I’ll share it here. I told you it would be easy! You have until next Thursday (6/27/13) to submit your reading.
As I mentioned in the introductory post, this isn’t a contest. It’s not about seeing who’s reading is better. It’s about seeing how different they can be. We all hear different things in a poem, and our reading of it will reflect what we hear. What I hear in a poem, you might not hear. For example, I might hear a line as sarcasm, where you might here it as deadly serious, or someone else might hear it as ironic. Those perceptions can enhance the meaning of a poem — there’s not always a right or wrong way to read a poem, and hearing the different interpretations simply adds more layers and more enjoyment to a poem.
The goal: to start a community based around poetry readings. Poetry is not just about the printed word — it’s also about the sounds, the lyrical lines, the feeling and the emotion of the lines.
If you have any questions, or need help trying to figure out how to make your own recording, let me know in the comment section, and I’ll do my best to get you pointed in the right direction.
This week’s poem is “Under The Vulture-Tree” by David Bottoms:
My reading is here (try making your own recording first, before listening to mine — that way your words are fresh and new, not just a copy of mine):