a poet speaks
you listen

and another
and another

as you listen

personal voices

voices for others

you hear a line in your head
realize it’s your own
by the lines you’ve just heard

and then it’s gone

because you listen

but you still take something home

I attended the 4th Annual Unbound Book Festival at Stephen’s College in Columbia, Missouri, today. There were writing panels, author conversations and readings by both novelists and poets held at various venues around campus. I attended readings by the following poets: Randall Horton, Aaron Coleman, Kayleb Rae Candrilli, Kevin Coval, Sarah Gambito and Monica Ferrell.

I’ve written about the previous two festivals here and here.



weighing a voice between the words of a poem

Robert Okajicadence does not march here,
flows instead,
nuance in its delivery

drawing a bridge between
the hidden
and what is known

encompassed by the world
and its subtleties

Hear Robert Okaji read his poetry, and understand. Not yet tagged or categorized as a recording, but just as exemplary, is “The Resonance of No,” from his forthcoming chapbook, From Every Moment a Second, available for pre-publication order at Finishing Line Press.

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A Poet’s Voice

A Poet’s Voice

Thoughts flow
from page
or screen,
smoothly, even when
in juxtaposition. That is

poetry. You may experiment
with inflection, reading it
aloud, wondering
how the author meant it
to be heard. You learn

for yourself, her nuance
making it clear,
when she turns
the page
and speaks.

 Off-prompt for Day 29 of National Poetry Writing Month/Global Poetry Writing Month from NaPoWriMo 2017.
Photo:  Cleopatra Mathis at The Unbound Book Festival at Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri – 22 April, 2017

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