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Dear Poet X – I am writing to ask your permission to record and post recordings of your poems A & B, which appear online in locations Y & Z. The recordings will form part of a larger project, the idea for which evolved generally out of a recent interview series on “Poets & Technology” and specifically, out of a suggestion made by Amy King in her responses to those interview questions.
Asked about what technology can still do for poetry, Amy said: “If every poet were to record just one book of poems that they loved for the rest of us to listen to, and not just their own poems, how excellent would that be?”
This project is my response to that suggestion, helped greatly along the way by Dave Bonta’s generous technical and other assistance. My idea is to record and post readings of contemporary poems that affect me in one way or another. The poems of yours I am asking to record fall into this category.
The recordings will be posted, archived and indexed on this blog, and eventually I hope the whole thing will develop into a regular podcast. I will post links to poem texts available elsewhere online, but I won’t be posting any text on the blog itself.
As I said in a recent blog post on the project, I find that reading other people’s work aloud is the most tender and respectful, and also the most careful, way to engage with it. I hope you will join me in this continuing celebration.