Sunday, March 27, 2011

A.F. Moritz Griffin Prize reading

I very much like the way the Griffin Prize presents its readings on Youtube -- with the text running down the side and a high-res video of the poet reading, usually on a darkened stage.  There are advantages to listening only -- poetry is an oral as well as aural medium -- but where it is linguistically concentrated, and where line breaks or arrangement on the page matter, it is good to take it in visually, too.  This particular reading starts after the judges' plaudits -- actually, those I could do without -- at around 1:23.

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