Wednesday, September 29, 2010

"Sonneto Voce"

You know what I can't abide? The "poetry voice."  That stagey, reverential, monotonous tone used by (most) people reading poetry aloud. We might also call it the "NPR voice."  Nothing ruins a nice collection of words carefully chosen quite like hearing them spoken as if to an easily frightened child, or a jackrabbit about to bolt.  Beats and spitters amp it up a bit, but even they, it seems, can't help using that tone of voice.

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