Here’s a link to Annie Clarkson’s read…

Here’s a link to Annie Clarkson’s reading:

I’ve read her chapbook, Winter Hands, and it’s beautiful. Her video reading interests me because she first talks about her writing in general, as well as the authors who have influenced her. As she reads, she stands next to an antique lamp with tassel fringe, in front of a wall painted deep red. The sound of dishes clinking in the background gives the reading an immediacy. The filming is good, because normally when a reading is recorded the poet stands on a stage in front of a mike.

I doubt I would ever have a chance to hear Annie read live, so this recording is almost as good as hearing her in person.


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    Dave 18 May, 2010

    Thanks for sharing that, Christine. There are so many poorly filmed poetry readings online, I’ll admit I have almost stopped checking them out. But I need to start featuring more of them on Moving Poems, so I’m glad to see this. (And if I’d realized that a forum would be a great way to find out about new videos to consider for the main site, I would’ve set this up a long time ago!)

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    Dave 18 May, 2010

    I know you’re interested in the topic of poetry reading in general. Just discovered this at Beau’s site:

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      ChristineSwint 18 May, 2010

      Gulp, Heinlein is hard on poets! Beau’s good at that animation, wow. So what would Heinlein say about reading poetry aloud in general?

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        Dave 18 May, 2010

        I don’t know. Heinlein was more or less a fascist, though, wasn’t he? I guess I’d be worried if he LIKED poetry.

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          ChristineSwint 18 May, 2010

          His only book I’ve read is Stranger in a Strange Land, which is not at all fascist. Maybe he just didn’t get poetry.

          • Dave 19 May, 2010

            Well, be that as it may, here’s a recipe for a kind of poetry reading even Heinlein would probably approve of (via Ren on the WOMPO list):

          • ChristineSwint 19 May, 2010

            Oh, he just read in Atlanta, and I missed it! I live in the suburbs, and it’s hard to get to all the cool events in Atlanta, especially late at night. He even brought his bomb–I saw someone’s picture of it. He painted it a bright red. He’s one of the editors of the Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. His project is a good one, especially because of the wars. Ironic, his first poem is from an MP… .

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    […] great example of one that does not. It was brought to my attention by Christine Swint, in a post at Moving Poems’ news and discussion blog back in May. Christine wrote, I’ve read her chapbook, Winter Hands, and it’s beautiful. […]

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