Friday, March 4, 2011

Audio: Thataway

Happy Multimedia Friday (and while we weren't looking, it somehow became March...)!

Today I have some audio for you. Last week, both Annie and Tracey mentioned that they liked listening to my poems. I was very happy to hear that, and decided to read and record Thataway (to view the text of the poem, click on the link).

I enjoyed revisiting this poem, and it was a fun one to read aloud...I like the weird pacing implied in the words. I wrote and posted the poem in December (hard to believe that is over two months ago), and had been thinking about how we give directions to one another---how we steer each other verbally through landmark and landscape. This poem is also about struggling to find the right language to encourage/to be encouraged.

I was also inspired by Frederik Heyman's photography here, especially "The Weather Project." These images are like choreographed, frozen performances; all photographs pause time, but these photos especially imply movement that is impossible, and simulated through hanging objects and people in the air and at exaggerated angles. I love how Heyman wants us to notice the strings.

To listen to "Thataway," click here. You'll be taken to my Soundcloud account (I also have songs posted there--this is my first poem posted there); simply click the orange "Play" button. If you are looking for a place to store/share audio, I absolutely recommend Soundcloud to you.

4 comments

  1. Hi Hannah,

    I'm so glad you decided to share your voice again- you reading your own poem with your own intonation and pacing. You perform this poem beautifully, with warmth, humor, and vivid expression. (And yes, I'm applying a visual term to an auditory experience!)

    I love your songs, too; and I hope you are encouraged to put out a CD of them. If you’d like, I can let you know which songs are my favorites and why.

    I missed Thataway when you first published it. I enjoy the voice in this poem- even though the tone is so much lighter, it reminds me of your Underworld poems. I love the unexpected ending. In the context of the whole poem, this is my favorite line: “hindsight yanking on the needle of your compass”

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  2. Hannah this is great...I love the poem, your clear as water voice and the bar that moves on the sound track

    Have a great weekend! xo

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  3. I love it when what I want actually happens. I can't get enough to hearing you read your work. Thank you so much for doing this ,Hannah. You are such an incredibly generous artist and writer. I am so very grateful to know you.
    p.s. Did I tell you, I have been writing poetry? It will never see the light of day but I am doing it. I know you had something to do with that. Thank you.

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  4. Beautiful. I enjoyed the poem, and hearing it, and even looking at it.

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