Wednesday, April 7, 2010

LineBreak Online Poetry Journal & Published Digital Recording

Poetry started as an oral tradition. The online literary journal LineBreak continues in that tradition with a high-tech twist by publishing poems and readings of the poems by a different author.

I invite you to read the poem Carpenter Bees by Jeff Mock and listen to my reading of it. It is a beautiful poem with sounds that are meant to be heard. In particular, I loved these lines about the bees:

They’re beautiful—metallic blue-

black, with salt-and-pepper fuzz like

a wrap about their shoulders

During National Poetry Month, I encourage you to not only read poems, but read them aloud. Don’t be afraid. Listen to how your understanding of the poem and the poem’s music changes based on the directions offered to you by the line breaks and punctuation.

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