Poetry Podcasting: The Alphabet Against Terror

As promised, here’s a little surprise for the weekend warriors who don’t just trawl the RSS while at work. The title above probably clues you in to what’s about to happen here…

It’s a bit late to join the bandwagon, but everyone and his dog is podcasting these days, and a man’s got to keep up with the times.

Rummaging around in my media player directories, I came accross a recording someone made of me reading one of my poems at Tongues and Grooves. I figure that, given all the smoke and mirrors about terrorism in the news at the moment, that I might as well let a piece of my work that deals with that subject out of the box and onto the intarwebs.

So, here for your enjoyment is an mp3 of me reading a piece of mine called The Alphabet Against Terror. At this point I would point out that by no means are all (or even many) of my poems political in nature, nor are they all based on a structural conceit in the way that this one is. It’s basically the only one I have a recording of, though I am rather fond of it in a quirky kind of way.

Constructive criticism more than welcome; comments along the lines of ‘j00 sux, gh3y’ are unnescessary (but, I suppose, better than no feedback at all). Oh yeah, and do leave a note if you find you can’t download the file; I’m not entirely sure I’ve set everything up right, though I can’t work out what else I might need to do.

If you like it, by the way, feel free to copy it around for people. Like the rest of this site, it’s under a Creative Commons licence, which means it can be duplicated, remixed and republished by anyone, so long as they don’t make any money from it and they always acknowledge that the work originates with me. (Whether or not it is conceited of me to assume that anyone would want to lay claim to a piece of my work is a question that will have to wait for another day, I think.)

At the time that this post goes live, I’ll be enjoying a well-deserved Saturday morning lie-in. Enjoy your weekend, folks. Back up to full pace again by Monday.

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