I enjoy in person poetry readings but I prefer reading a poem, savoring it, without any external embellishments the first time around. After I have read it I like to hear a poet read his or her work. I find that a person's voice often influences my reaction to a poem. I am influenced by sound, perhaps even prejudiced by it one way or the other. I want to get over my sound preferences when I hear a poet read a poem and my first reaction is no don't like it or wow fantastic. Hearing a poem and listening to a poem are two different things in my opinion. If you'd like to share your view, please post a comment.
A link about attitudes toward poetry readings.
The Peril of the Poetry Reading: The Page Versus the Performance- Poets.org
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I write posts on this blog for two reasons. I want to promote my own work (what writer and artist doesn't), and I want to share my love of the written and visual arts. In the past nine years although I've written fiction and non-fiction, I've been focused mainly on poetry. I am interested in hearing from writers, artists and readers. I am actively seeking to expand my vision of what is possible as a poet/writer/artist through shared self expression. The effect of words and images on our psyches can be profound.