This blog is a record of my interactions with various poetry-related audio recordings. I hope that the informal, provisional nature of the blog format will allow various issues related to poetry audio recordings and literary scholarship to emerge out of particular moments of listening. At this point, organization and development are secondary to accumulation. This blog will be shorthand, a post-it note for things I don’t want to forget.
Feel free to leave comments or questions. I realize that many of the things I’m going to be writing about have been written about by other people. I might duplicate points other people have made. The focus of this space is not to create polished scholarship but to sketch out some key issues and create points of entry for people to think and talk about audio recordings. If you read a post and think something like “Hey, critic X wrote a whole book on that!” or “Actually, I wrote about that issue in my article X” or “I don’t think the crowd laughing at X point in Y reading means what you think it means” please leave a comment. I’m trying to figure out a number of technical/ethical questions as I go so any feedback (complaints, suggestions) would be greatly appreciated. I would prefer that correspondence about the site be made public in the comment boxes rather than in personal email to me. I want other people to see what you think.
I will figure out a plan for permissions at a later time. Right now, if you are the author or literary executor of any of the writers I’m posting about and you want the posts removed, let me know and I’ll do that right away. I’m not out to upset anyone. I’m assuming that I’ll give any recordings I have to PennSound and deal with the permissions via them but for the time being I have a lot of stuff on my hard drive I’d like to have people hear.
As I post clips and comments, I’m working under the assumption that everything is somehow significant and meaningful in an audio recording. Many times it will probably seem like I am making too much out of something like a throat-clearing or a skipped groove in a record or a cough from the crowd, but I’m hoping that this level of attention will pay off in ways I couldn’t have predicted had I stuck to the more overtly marked parts of the sound environment.
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