This is a once a month event organized by Lu and Kelly to entice us into reading and writing about poetry. While I have been reading several collections over the last few weeks, I decided to write about hearing poetry out loud.
Hearing poetry live is what brought me back to it after a long separation. One way to experience this is to visit a near-by poetry festival. There will be some good poets and some not-so-good ones, but you will be able to enjoy poetry the way most poets mean it to be experienced, as a spoken thing, like music or bird song. You can check your local calendar listings, schools, public venues and bookstore often have author readings, some of them by poets.
There is a great selection of poetry in audio format, either at your local library or available over the internet, but it is a different thing listening along in a room filled with other people. Listening to and talking about poetry with a group opens me up to different interpretations, different ideas about the words, their meaning and how they are strung together. The shared experience brings me back to a time before the written word, when news and stories were carried from town to town by travelers, some news spoken, some stories sung.
Here is link to a festival I would have loved to go to if I had been in Washington, D.C. this past weekend.
Thanks to Lu and Kelly for organizing Poetry:Read More, Blog More.