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Spoken Word

For me, public readings are part of writing poetry: every reading is an opportunity to see a piece in a new light. As Mrs. Bertha Flowers told a young Maya Angelou, “Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with the shades of deeper meaning.”

Here are some clips of my recent readings, thanks to the work of poet Mat Lee of The Jamhole. You can find more clips at the YouTube playlist for the Kalispell Get Poetry Open Mic. To hear me read live, check out my Future Readings page. And if you’d like me to read at your venue or event, just email me.

Poems in this reading are “circles,” “Giving Up,” and “Heroine.”

Poems in this reading are “sketch,” “Packed,” and “Inspiration.”

Poems in this reading are “Stepping Up,” “Free Bird,” and “3 a.m.”

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  1. December 2, 2011 6:42 pm

    Hey Julie, great to see you preforming your poetry here. I see what you mean about Giving Up, it does translate differently when spoken…I think it works well as a spoken word piece. Nice to see your blog!


    • December 3, 2011 9:41 am

      Thanks, Emma! I posted it in the FE group because I think it needs some refining, so your comments are going to be a great help in that. But it’s interesting to see how reactions to the print version differ. I’d love to have it work well both on paper and when performed.


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