about W. F. Lantry
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How lovely! In your reading, Nic, I was taken up by the swells and entered a liquid world, helped along in the poem, its structure, by the turns at “but” and “still” and then, even though alerted by the title, I was surprised by the appearance of the nightbird! A wonderful collaboration of writer and reader here.
Then, delightfully, when I clicked poem text, I was given the opportunity to hear the poet read the poem at Soundzine! And I realized I had listened to it before! Hearing his voice was a different experience of the poem, sort of a record of a personal, inner journey on that outer sea… And I got to take this journey numerous times, each time seeing & hearing different things.
So today I am thrilled by these reverberations, these mysteries.
I agree with Kathleen. The two readings offer quite different experiences. Nic’s interpretation seems very intimate, and certain words take on new meaning in her voice. I sat next to the author when he made his recording, but it was like hearing a completely new poem with Nic’s version.
“and pilotless boats drifting
forever on a windless sea”
What an unforgettable line!
I also enjoyed the differences in the two readings, liquid and somber.
Thank-you, Kathleen, Kate and Risa, for reading and commenting. Completely agree with you on the ‘pilotless’ line, Risa!
and this struck me in both readings and in my own silent reading of the print:
blown for a thousand miles
only to finish here
with a small singing of stones,
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