AGAINST USING THE “POET VOICE”. This essay by Rich Smith at the City Arts website attacks what he calls the “poet voice”, which he compares to the effect of “a bag of magical dust, which for some reason forces the poet to adopt a precious, lilting cadence, to end every other line on a down-note, and to introduce, pauses, within sentences, where pauses, need not go.” Smith says that: “‘Poet Voice,’ is the pejorative, informal name given to this soft, airy reading style that many poets use….”

I recognize the description.

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