Dear Web-Active Poet – I am writing to ask your permission to interpret and record for Whale Sound your poem X which appears online in location Y. The recording 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 creative assistance. My idea is to record and post readings of a range of contemporary poems, selected through a mixture of solicitations and submissions (self- and third-party).
The recordings are posted, archived and indexed on this blog, and Whale Sound is also available as a free downloadable iTunes podcast (click here to subscribe). Links to poem texts available elsewhere online are posted, but no text is posted on the blog itself.
Whale Sound also accepts third-party submissions made on behalf of other web-active poets.
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.