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➤ Q: What’s the difference between a written poem, and a poem in the act of being read/performed?
➤ Q: In singing, the voice is referred to as an instrument, and oration seems to take cues from this idea. Does this hold true with poetry reading/performance? What effect would approaching your reading from this view have on your performance?
➤ Q: What’s your experience with being taught how to read/perform your poetry? Have you been?
➤ Q: What place do vocal fry and the “sexy baby voice” (both female-focused linguistic trends ) have in poetry writing or performance? Are there poets who write these speech-sound choices into their poetry? If yes, what does its linguistic structure look like?
➤ Q: Is diction important in reading/performing? What effect does it have?
➤ Q: In poetry reading/performance, how are your vocal choices related to gender and the way your sex traditionally constructs language?
➤ Q: Is it possible to write a polyphonic poem? In what way(s) does harmony present itself in poetry?
➤ Q: Talk about the different sound a fragment makes compared to a line that’s a complete sentence. How do you or another poet utilize that difference for certain effects?
➤ Q: What does an awareness or the use of rhythm add (or take?) from poetry writing or reading/performance?
➤ Q: I went to this reading, and (poet) read their work like _____ and it made the work better/worse in this way ________.