➳Do you have to be a poet with some special knowledge of music to be a part of SOUND? No - although, we do, and if you do too, we think that's fabulous.
➳Do you have to have an awareness of your own poetry? YES. And, of course, if you're a musician, you need to know about music, but poets don't.
- 1-2 poems (either a link to something previously published, or a poem you'd like to submit to us for publication)
- an audio file of you reading one of those poems, or just reading a poem of yours in general. The best poem to send is one that does a great job of illustrating the answers in your Q&A. If your audio is published it MAY be added to our beautiful bandcamp album.
SOUND is looking for one-time reviewers as well as correspondents to do poetry reading style reviews. Attend a poetry reading and tell us about the reading style of one or more of the poets.
What to focus on: the quality of their voice, their inflection, mannerisms, dress, what they read off of, etc. – whatever strikes you. Additionally, you may submit an audio or video recording of the poet(s), and/or a brief interview asking them why they read the way they do. Do they consider themselves a reader or a performer? Do they concentrate more on sense or sound while reading? Do they consider what they wear or how they interact with the audience?Example: SOUND Reviews: The Poetry Reading Styles of Jane Wong and Rich Smith
- 1-3 previously unpublished poems
- (optional) an audio or video file of you reading that poem
NOTE: We are NOT specifically looking for poems that talk directly about music or sound. We ARE looking for poems that make use of the sounds inherent to our language, and for poetry that is well-crafted, thrilling, devastating. Musico-poetics isn't about music, it's about sound.
Our interviews are conversations between two poets, or a poet and a musician, singer, composer, or librettist.
If you're a poet who doesn't know much about music, that's ok - leave that part to the musicians. Musico-poetics isn’t about music, it’s about sound.
Discussions can touch on a boundless range of topics so long as they concern contemporary musico-poetics in written poetry and/or performance. You may choose to discuss a particular poem of yours or composition, talk about the way you prepare for performing in public, or consider where the sounds in your poetry came from. Do we have a set of starter questions to get you going? We sure do!
Submit below to let us know you're interested, and direct all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.