Nic Sebastian’s new website, Whale Sound, shares her recordings of poetry that affect her in some way or another. If you’ve not listened to her recordings before, you are missing out on a stirring experience. I signed up to receive an email every time she posts a new recording. If you are like me and need to read the text in addition to hearing the poem read, Nic provides a link to the text as well. Looking for an easy way to start out? Nic read my poem, “At Ruby’s Diner” last week. You can find her reading of it here. I feel honored to be part of this new project of hers.
Ever read a poem and wonder why it was published or what all one might consider in the poem? Leveler has four editors who offer one poem each week with their own editorial response to the poem. Fifty-two poems in a year, fifty-two responses for us to consider. I first became interested in the journal when I read Kathleen Kirk’s poem, “A Moving Vehicle” and Sarah Sloat’s “Can’t we put them all there” poem in Leveler. Both poems are powerful, and so are the editorial responses (click on the levelheaded tag on each poem’s page). This is a journal I’ve bookmarked to follow each week. I’m really pleased to see a new poem of mine, Mike , featured there this week. Reading the editor’s response to my poem, I’ve learned something about the poem and a little bit more about myself that I’ve been afraid to consider.