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Posts from — June 2010

Actaeon Still, on 2nd St

I was beginning grad school when I wrote this. Now I play the first lead, on mandolin, when Fractal Folk plays the version Krys set. You can listen to all the Other Voices podcasts here, or on iTunes — search for Mike Snider Reads.

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June 30, 2010   No Comments

I Know I’m Getting Stiff

A villanelle from the 2006 NaPoWriMo, during which I wrote 30 poems in 30 days, each in a different form. Listen here.

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June 29, 2010   No Comments

Winter Villanelle

Today’s 13.5 mile ride home on the bicycle almost did me in, but I’m reminded by this 10th poem from the first section of Other Voices that winter has its own trials. Listen here.

If you’re using the latest Safari and having trouble playing the podcasts, try another browser. They’re also available free at the iTunes store: just search for “Mike Snider Reads.”

And I am looking for a fix.

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June 28, 2010   No Comments

Dancing Lesson

Last Friday night, increasingly frequent system crashes while playing World of Warcraft led me to run extended hardware diagnostics, and I discovered that the hard drive on my iMac was failing.

Fortunately, I had a Time Machine backup, and the the drive has been replaced and the data and applications restored after 6 hours at Tyson’s Corner on Friday, followed by a day and half of testing and repairing the minor weirdnesses resulting from uploading my 24 years of Mac computing life into a clean install of the latest Snow Leopard. It’s amazing it wasn’t worse.

And I am back, with another podcast from my mss, Other Voices. We’re about halfway through the first section, “Arse Poetica” (yes the “e” is deliberate), with a Dancing Lesson.

 

Note: I’m aware that my blog template has some weirdness, with categories improperly displayed. I’m also aware the podcasts load but do NOT (corrected 6/28) play in the latest Safari on Mac OS 10.6.4 I don’t yet know what the problem(s) is(are), but I’m working on it. One clue for the playback may be that Rapid Weaver is calling the mp3 file “video” in its xml. Anyone have suggestions, either for fixes or for ways to troubleshoot?

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June 27, 2010   No Comments

Long Distance

Listen here to the first of several poems in Other Voices in which more than one person speaks.

I’m just not interested in poetry which isn’t rooted in natural language, and it seems to me that conversations, outside of the theater, are far too rare in verse.

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June 23, 2010   2 Comments

Interviewing

Just four lines. You know what comes after unemployment. Listen here.

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June 22, 2010   No Comments

Financial Analysis

In these troubled times, we all need to pay attention to cash flow. And if we can work in Freud on Oedipus and make it rhyme, all the better! Listen here.

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June 21, 2010   No Comments

A Stratagem

I hope someday to write a serious poem about important stuff in triple meter. And I loved Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Still watch the entire run of the show from time to time. Some clown sounds off here.

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June 20, 2010   No Comments

Three Months In

That “Slightly Naughty Bluegrass Pantoum” snuck in out of order a couple of days ago, but I’ve got the right version of the manuscript now.

This poem from Other Voices is an ovillejo, in which the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th lines combine to make the 8th and last line, with couplet rhyme in the first 1st quatrain and envelope rhyme in the 2nd. Rhina Espaillat says the form’s name means something like “a little tangled ball of yarn.” Listen here.

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June 19, 2010   No Comments

Zen of Rhyme

“Read, Read, Talk, Talk” is the third poem of Other Voices,  and I know “koans” and “bones” don’t really rhyme. I used to think they did. This guy (whoever he is) still does. Here is the poem.

I need to spend a little time, soon,  thinking and writing about rhyme. I’m pretty picky, these days, and really don’t much like close rhyme in my own work. It doesn’t bother me in other people’s poems, but I want exact rhyme, at least exact in the dialect of whoever is speaking in the poem.

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June 18, 2010   2 Comments