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.


  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”

  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

  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.

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


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