Niall O'Sullivan

high brow, low brow, none of that stuff in the middle

How Should You Perform Haiku?

One of my most excruciating live poetry experiences was during the reading of a long haiku sequence. The poet stopped for applause after each one. Gradually, it dawned on the audience that this wasn’t going to end any time soon. The poet read the next haiku and then slightly bowed his head and stepped away […]

Marc Kelly Smith – The L Train

a poem is a city filled with streets and sewers filled with saints, heroes, beggars, madmen, filled with banality and booze, filled with rain and thunder… Charles Bukowski – a poem is a city When people speak of Slam Poetry these days, they don’t speak of a fun, competitive, live poetry event. They speak of […]

Why Every Poet Uses “Poet Voice”

If someone came up and started talking a poem at you how would you know it was a poem? – David Antin If there is a style of reading that is widely held to ridicule it is the Poet Voice – a highly affected method that signifies “I AM READING A POEM”. While practioners of […]

Allen Ginsberg – Ah! Sunflower

When I started out as a lecturer, one aspect of modern academic life disconcerted me. As I fumbled through my sophomore powerpoint presentations, I noticed that most students’ faces were illuminated by their laptop and tablet screens. I soon learned the difference between the attentive frowns of those that were making lecture notes and the […]

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