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Star Ship Sofa/Cold Comfort

My poem "Cold Comfort" is part of the latest podcast from Star Ship Sofa and Poetry Planet.

This is one publication where I had a bit of an agenda. Poetry has its roots, after all, in the spoken word, but these days tends to hide out more and more in print and pixels, not playing with sound. The obvious solution is to spend more time reciting my poetry out loud, but here I run into a more than slight problem: unless I'm focusing very very hard, my spoken voice is, well, not very good, and since reading out loud remains very difficult for me, I have the choice of reading out loud, or focusing on my voice, not both. (Plus, no, I don't really have the equipment here.)

So when I realized that someone would be willing to read my poem out loud, I seized the opportunity.

The poetry part, which includes some marvelous pieces by other people, begins at 1:07:00 in the podcast, and my poem starts at around 1:30:25, but of course if you skip directly to that you'll miss both an interview with Tobias Buckell and a short story by Joe Haldeman.

And with that, heading back to bed; really not feeling too good today.

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