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Poetry reading.


Okay I figured it out now:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzvJUNVz7n0

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Steve,

I was a little familiar with this one as I lurk around your neighborhood at tcp. I read it several times, also read the comments
and viewed the horrible photographs you posted. Some things are just viscerally disturbing.

Anyhow, that's what I took to the video. First, you are effective on film, voice and physical presence. Not sure what to make of the hood, but suspect density on my part, the mood of the poem is carried powerfully but words on the page/screen made for greater comprehension, at least for me. Don't know if this helps at all.

Love that you posted this. I feel like I've
actually met you now.

Chris
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Thanks, Chris. Yeah, it's pretty dark, I know. I came across that old photo sequence from 1905, and it had me all cringing and seized up inside.

The headdress thing was just coz I wanted a prop to make it a little theatrical. Probably a comfort blanket too... First time out in public for me, so I hope to improve. It amazes me how much Liverpool remains in my accent.

Steve.

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Damn. I get why you have a following, Steve. I am becoming a fan too, which is something I can say without falseness. I am not sure I could succeed to this kind of voice. Actually I'm sure I couldn't. Frankly I could care less what kind of accent you got. First rhythm, then tone, then thought is what comes through in any patois.

A favor to ask please. Give us the text here. Let me read the poem so I can go back to the video with it in hand.

Good stuff.

Tere
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Thanks, Tere. I had a go at posting this poem here, actually, but it was too difficult because of various scripts etc. It took about half an hour for me to get it done on .org, and this was going to be even harder, so I gave up.

So the easiest way is to post a link to it on my blog. Here it is:

Lingchi

Anyway, the responses to the reading have been generally pretty kind, so I'm encouraged to do some more.

Thanks, man.

Steve.
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Steve,

I liked it all--the dark lighting, the hood, the hand gestures, the way you looked into the camera/at the audience. The first thing that struck me was the rhythmic way you read the piece. I look forward to going back and rewatching after I've read the poem a few times. Yeah, it really is nice to connect a face and voice with the flashing words on the screeen. Thanks for posting.
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Thanks, Kat. It was kind of fun to do anyway. They have been hammering at me on tcp.com to do this for a while, so it had to be done eventually. It became a bit of a thing. I actually thought this poem was pretty much unreadable, and I had to substitute a big shhhhhh for some of the Farsi or else it would have taken me ages. I've read my stuff in public a few times, but I've never done a video thing before. Anyway, I can definitely get better at it.

Steve.
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What am I missing? The poem in text is not the same as the video's poem, certainly not as good. What is up with that?

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Steve -

Nice to meet you! This is very cool, even though I don't understand the poem. And the Farsi part confuses me to no end.
-s
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quote:

Terreson wrote:

What am I missing? The poem in text is not the same as the video's poem, certainly not as good. What is up with that?

Tere



I improvised a bit in the reading, so it's slightly different. Plus it was intended more as a visual thing in the text. Also I wasn't capable of reading the Farsi so I just did a big 'sshhhhh' at that point.

Steve.

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Thanks, Shab. The Farsi was just flarfed in there to make it seem like a palimpsest half scraped off. I like the idea that poetry on the page/screen can seem like it's been written on a telephone directory maybe, or that it's a collection of different intercepted signals, some of which might have no apparent relevance to what's going on. That seems like a sort of natural state of affairs to me. I dunno about anyone else, but my head whirls with signals all the time, and some of them appear to be in languages I don't know.

I'm not saying that's necessarily a good thing in poetry, but it's more accurate for me.

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Love you more than ever. emoticon
You are a natural. Brings your poem to such life. Look forward to the next reading.
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Thanks, Caroline. I'll try not to blink next time!

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if I didn't hate to see myself on a screen so much, I would suggest we all do one and put it up.

this is such a cool thing you did, Steve.
-s
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Have been thinking something similar, Shab.

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Thanks, Shab. I must say anticipating it was far worse than actually doing it. Believe me, I don't much like looking at myself on screen or in photos either, but I just focused on the poem and forgot about everything else. Someone emailed me and said it looked like I was 'in the poem' rather than just reading it. I don't know if that's true at all or they were just being kind, but that's sort of what I mean by focusing on the poem. I really didn't want to do an overly awkward thing of someone self-consciously reading aloud. I imagine any accomplished readers would rip it to shreds, but I'm glad I got my ass together to do it anyway. I guess you have to start doing it if you want to improve.

Be fantastic to see any of you guys up there.

Steve.
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I would like you to sing next time, please.

This is too techno for me but a poet friend is curating the poetry at the city council meetings (every meeting here starts with a poem) and she asked me if I will do this. They videotape it. I'm sure the terror will set in later...
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You go, Caroline. And do please share it with us.

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quote:

CarolineX wrote:

I would like you to sing next time, please.



Funnily enough, Caroline, I was wondering today what it would be like suddenly bursting into a couple of lines of song and then dropping back to reading, just as a sort of surprise thing to emphasise something. So it might just happen. I'm not a real singer, but I'm not like dreadful at it. I used to sing in a band ages ago, and no one actually committed suicide or anything at any of our gigs.

Hope to see you doing likewise soon then!

;0)

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See what a witch I am. I'm really glad you are doing this Steve.

Well you won't hear me sing. More likely I will select one of my shortest poems and duck out.
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