Tuesday, 30 June 2009

The Poetry Archive

I am VERY excited about this!
http://www.poetryarchive.org/poetryarchive/singlePoet.do?poetId=11433

5 comments:

christopop said...

I don't know whether you will remember my congratulating you on the T.S. Eliot half-a-year ago. I've now managed to get hold not only of Nigh No.., but Almanacs as well - love your way with words.
And just now I have discovered your addition to one of my favourite institutions (and Andrew Motion's most lasting legacy from his Laureateship) The Poetry Archive - your readings really bring your poems even more to life.
I have been trying to persuade Neil Astley at Bloodaxe to claim suffucient grant to allow a really good "How To Perform Your Poems" from actors who are "resting" from theatre, film or TV - those specialising in voice over work would do a splendid job, I'm sure. I'm sure you have practised lots to achieve such mistress-y over the craft.
Thanks so much for the enjoyment you bring to so many people.
My own chit-chat is on several Networks: Open Salon (as Christo46); American Journal under my full names (Christopher James Heyworth) and Facebook at facebook.com/cjheyworth
How I envy your facility. Sorry not to have seen you "live" yet.

Kay said...

I'm glad you've revived your blog, I visited it a couple of times last year when I bought your first book 'Almanacs'. I love your second book too. Look forward to more.

Jen Hadfield said...

Thanks Christopher: and I do remember, yes! I'm still a bit startled by those post-Eliot bolts from the blue : ) Well, I will take a wander through those links and see if I can find you...

as for practice...funny thing that, I've come to the conclusion that the only way to decide whether a poem is "live" or not is to read it aloud over and over again...a lot of folk work like this, I know...if I can't be arsed to hear myself speaking it, I know it's not working : )

it's all about speech/voice as far as I'm concerned...even on the page, it's voices bubbling up from the hinterlands of white space...

Jen Hadfield said...

and thanks to you both for liking Almanacs, which I rarely read from, but sometimes think was subtler...

yep, I will have to be more disciplined about the blog this time...

christopop said...

I hope you will believe that it shows, your reading aloud habit.
I seem to remember reading the same about the composition habit of Dylan Thomas, and I have always treated any poem that strikes me as "worth it" to the reading aloud treatment, which was fine when I was a teacher, even though a great many of my pupils/students considered me to be totally bonkers I'm sure. Now that I'm retired, I must be becoming one of the murmuring oldies who so amused me when I was young.
I hope to urge far more people to check you out at the Poetry Archive, and I think you will find enjoyment at the Polyverse Poets site if you will check it out.
Susan Culver's US site Poetry Friends is also of consistently high quality.