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Audience, for the commenter on my last poem post.


Thinking about audience is undoubtedly important. I think about audience probably a lot more than the average page poet, because I also participate in spoken word communities. That poem came from a project I'm currently working on that entails writing a poem every day for a year. When the year is up, I am going to edit and refine all of the rough drafts I produce and bind them into a book for myself. Right now, a lot of them are very personal and I would probably never try to have them published - the one you guys read recently is one of those, hence why I put it up on my blog. There are quite a few more accessible/universal pieces in my 365 work, but that particular one was really just for me. I hope that answers your question friend!

Audience is starting to be a really big concern, not just in what I write (since more and more of it has been seeing the light of day lately, however reluctantly), but in how I perform what I write. In rehearsing for the movie, I am taking a lot of what I've learned in slam and applying it to acting, and vice versa. Team practice tonight was completely performance-based, and after I get out of work tonight, Sean wants to get together to work some more on delivery and audience manipulation. It's not enough to have passable writing anymore. This is why CUPSI has me freaked out.

On the other side of things, I got to be an audience member at the Nothampton Arts Council poetry event this past Sunday afternoon. Richard Wilbur, Iyeoke Okoawo, and Taylor Mali read; Sean, Charlie and Sophia each did a couple poems as respresentation of the under 30 crowd; the Northampton poet laureate made me want to tear my face off. The poets who have done slam connected with the crowd, as is to be expected. Whereas Richard Wilbur, though a great writer, read as if he was an ent. Tree people aside, I think that more writers should be aware of their reading voices, because getting your work out into the world is not just about getting published. Audience is both page and stage oriented, and I will be trying to strike a balance between the two until I give up on tightrope-walking.