What makes a great storyteller? It’s all in the delivery.
The goal of Project PoetSpeak is to bring text to life. By taking the time to voice and record their work, poets learn how to best deliver their poems – and listeners get to hear the work as the author intended, pauses, emphases and all.
To submit to PoetSpeak….
…..is remarkably easy. We require audio, and will also publish accompanying text and bio. Let us explain:
- First, the sound. Make a recording– use your iPhone, a digital recorder, a mic plugged into your computer. Then send that off to poetspeak(dot)com(at)gmail(dot)com. Please include your name.
- If you’d like, you can send the text poem, an explanation of the poem as you see it, or whatever comments you’d like to make.
- And one more thing: Write a short bio about yourself, attach a photo, and it’ll go on the Contributors page.
All rights remain with the poet.
Tips for recording:
- Avoid the “P” zone, which makes that fluffy breathy sound into the mic. To find your “P” zone, put your hand two inches in front of your lips. Say “P.” You’ll feel your breath. To avoid this, move the mic to the right or the left. Keeping the mic close to — but not directly in front of — your face will make a nice clear recording.
- Practice reading the poem several times before you record it. Figure out where you want the emphasis on words to be, and if you want to give pause to line breaks or not. Don’t be afraid to put some emotion into your poem. It’s your work, and it means something to you. Listeners can tell when you’re holding back.
- Keep water nearby and drink often.
- Avoid recording near windows, corners, walls, or in rooms with wood floors. A lot of extra sound tends to get picked up in those settings.
- Take a listen to the authors we have tagged “expertly read” for inspiration. These poets really know how to bring a poem to life.