October 13, 2002
Reading aloud is different from writing on the page. Says (my favourite) poet Roger McGough, on ‘In Performance, or On the Page?’: “my favourite journey’s the one from centre stage to the dressing room… People tell me, you should give longer between the poems, let people digest them, but I’m not an actor. An actor would use the silence, milk it, but I just want to get onto the next thing, just let the poem sigh away and move on. But it’s right, you don’t quite know the effect you’re having on people.” I notice that I still have timing.