Poets reading Philip Larkin out loud…proper like.

So it seems people are beginning to see the value in performance poetry and how it can enhance the legacy of traditional poets such as Philip Larkin. Whilst established names with major literary agents and publishing deals usually appear at promotional readings to read a loud “a poem as though it were a poem, in a boomingly uniform incantation that obscures nuance and texture.” The Poetry Society of America thought it would be nice to get names such as  Zadie Smith, James Fenton, Saskia Hamilton, Mary Karr, Nick Laird, Katha Pollitt and Paul Simon to actually perform as opposed to just read. In spite of the schism publishing houses seem to perpetuate between spoken word and traditional poetry it would seem that the two supposedly separate genres need each other to keep verse relevant. Click below to check out the reviews of the readings and some audio.

The New Yorker

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