Someone who is not really into poetry said to me at the weekend that he "got" my poems better when he heard me read them out loud. To begin with I was perturbed by this but then I realised that a most of my best work is MEANT to be read aloud. This doesn't work so well for the series of prose poems that I have been writing though, I just don't seem to know how to read them out. Tonight I am thinking that I might have to lay them out on the page differently for reading out - maybe breaking the text up. I am reluctant to do this though - they are written as prose poems surely they should be read out as such? - if I need to divide them up to read them better then surely that should be how I present them too? It's a dilemma.
And talking of reading aloud I saw Alice Oswald read at UEA a couple of weeks ago and she was awesome. The best reader I have seen since I saw Robin Robertson last year. I love her work anyway but she was a mesmerising reader, absolutely spell-binding.