One Pause Poetry Project
March 1, 2012 Comments Off
Begun July 2011 & directed by the very fabulous poet Sarah Messer, the One Pause Poetry Mp3 Project is a national digital resource for teachers, students, readers, & listeners. Each poet is asked to record & submit three mp3 files to the site: one poem of his or her own, one by another poet, & one poem for kids. You can listen to me reading Emily Dickinson’s “Why Do I Love You?,” Lewis Carroll’s “The Cheshire Cat,” & my poem “yolk (v.),” which is from my first book, Directions for Flying (Furniture Press 2010), & which Marie Howe chose as Winner of the Winter 2008 So To Speak Poetry Prize.
You can also hear & watch performances by some of my personal favorites—like Paisley Rekdal, Mary Jo Bang, Suzanne Wise, Clayton Eschleman, Jerome Rothenberg & Mark Cox—as well as my former University of North Carolina-Wilmington colleagues Michael White, Sarah Messer, Emma Bolden & Patrick Culliton.
As American writer Josephine Johnson reminds us, poetry was honoured in the old days. It had a place in the social framework. Poets were “voices of wisdom, bearers of tidings good, bad, true, invented,” they were “newsmen & singers.” Perhaps the time will come again when poetry is honoured. Perhaps the time for poetry is over. For the moment, at least, poetry is still free it is a beautiful waste of time, energy, & dollars it is changing the world entirely forever, & I invite you, dear Readers, to enjoy!