read more poetry, please?

So, back in the Autumn, I got all excited about poetry again and then a few people recorded a bunch of poems and made a little collection. It was a lot of fun.

And (for me anyway) the poetry reading hasn’t gone away. It’s off and on, but I’ve been reading more and looking out for more to listen to. I recently picked up Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, having read bits of it somewhere eel and realised that the only Whitman I knew was O Captain, my Captain, from Dead Poets Society.

Because I know how to have a good time, I spent a Saturday evening a few weeks ago, on my sofa, reading Leaves of Grass out loud. Because rhythms. I mean, my small London flat isn’t the woods of Appalachia, but Whitman survives. And so do I: reading poetry out loud turns out to be a soothing process, and I needed some soothing at the time.

When I mentioned this on twitter, my friend @RachClements suggested that we should do some more recordings – which I am very much up for.

So here is the plan:
(i) recording more poetry for the internet
(ii) picking a longish poem or collection and splitting it up between whoever is interested.

I’m nominating the weekend of 22 – 23 March for Poetry Reading Weekend, which will make it six months since the last one (biannual, see).

Choices include:
Four Quartets – T.S. Eliot.
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner – Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Sonnets – Shakespeare.
Song of Myself – Walt Whitman
Write-ins absolutely accepted.

Vote in comments or tweet at me, I’ll divvy it up between whoever wants to record. It’s really really easy and thoroughly enjoyable.

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