Full report on Kundiman reading in its multiplicity later… for now a simple question: who decided that poetry sounded like this? You know what I mean: the NPR Poet Voice that sounds like the eyes are being rolled back in the head. Historically, who is responsible for this? I wanna know.
Perhaps it was, indeed, the multiple sounds/voices presented in the Kundiman reading, which featured Myung Mi Kim, Patrick Rosal, Prageeta Sharma, and a host of young voices from the Kundiman workshop, that made the few that read in the classic “Poetry Reading Voice” sound all the more absurd. I like what the Spoken Word Voice is doing to the Poetry Reading Voice– it seems to bring an air of the griot, of the family/folk/tribe into the mix. Much nicer to listen to than the Poetry Reading Voice.
The following voices were present at the reading, in pure form and mixed together:
The Poetry Slam Force
The Poetry Reading Voice
The Post-Langpo Flatline
The Spoken Word Storyteller
These voices did not necessarily belong to the people you’d imagine.
The following audience reactions were gauged:
The Illuminated Grunt (15x)
The Polite Laugh (total of about 20 sec.)
The Real Laugh (there was much more of this)
The Contented Murmur (Prageeta got a long one of these)