The Amazing Sexual Exploits of Harry Houdini (spoken word)
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Trying one with something I posted here a while back to see if sound cloud works for me.

Harry Houdini

The Amazing Sexual Exploits of Harry Houdini


He liked to be handcuffed—
and not with those
fuzzy pink novelties.

He liked the ones that bite
against the wrists,
the ephemeral challenge
of something like helplessness.

There was always the foreplay
of card tricks, the predictable appetites
of birthday-entertainers
with store-bought illusions.

Old pleasure is a faded stage
bouquet of plastic flowers,
a dehydrated dove.
Magic’s raw essence is misdirection.

Showing off a new spectacle,
suspended upside down,
bound and lowered
into this baptism

of black water. Each second
like the pulse of a metronome,
the faint ripple of eternity.

Escape while possible,
is unsatisfying—
not the same as release.

Any amateur could perform
in private. The thrill
was in being exposed.
The secret of poetry is cruelty.--Jon Anderson
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Oh, you sound so beautifully cynical about poor old handcuffed Harry Smile I love it, Todd, it definitely comes alive with the reading.
It could be worse
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Thanks Leanne, we'll all have to do more of these. I like hearing poetry more than I like reading it.
The secret of poetry is cruelty.--Jon Anderson
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#4
I like reading it more Smile But doing both simultaneously is definitely the best way.
It could be worse
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#5
I will admit I pick up more from reading so both ways are good.
The secret of poetry is cruelty.--Jon Anderson
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(09-04-2011, 05:57 AM)Todd Wrote:  Trying one with something I posted here a while back to see if sound cloud works for me.

Harry Houdini

The Amazing Sexual Exploits of Harry Houdini


He liked to be handcuffed—
and not with those
fuzzy pink novelties.

He liked the ones that bite
against the wrists,
the ephemeral challenge
of something like helplessness.

There was always the foreplay
of card tricks, the predictable appetites
of birthday-entertainers
with store-bought illusions.

Old pleasure is a faded stage
bouquet of plastic flowers,
a dehydrated dove.
Magic’s raw essence is misdirection.

Showing off a new spectacle,
suspended upside down,
bound and lowered
into this baptism

of black water. Each second
like the pulse of a metronome,
the faint ripple of eternity.

Escape while possible,
is unsatisfying—
not the same as release.

Any amateur could perform
in private. The thrill
was in being exposed.

I just managed to stumble across this a couple years late. I feel like we don't have enough audios of participants' poems on the site, i am delighted every time i stumble across one.
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#7
We should do more of these. Then we can all hate our own voices together.
The secret of poetry is cruelty.--Jon Anderson
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(11-12-2013, 09:39 AM)Todd Wrote:  We should do more of these. Then we can all hate our own voices together.

It might be too late for me, i have done one of leanne's, one of Tom's, one of AJ's, one of mine, one of that guy who was just passing through, a song in 3 different styles for wjames, 12 of Heaney, a bunch of Carroll and lord only knows how many others.
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#9
Love this Todd, great work here!!!
The piece reads and sounds great. They should make a category for spoken word as well. I do a few readings here and there, and my work is geared toward those readings. I'm sure others would want to take part in something like this as well. Also, considering the way poems are critiqued on this site perhaps if someone heard the poem they are critiquing in the poets actual voice they may approach the critique differently. Just a thought.
Chazz
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#10
This is wonderful! I apologise but there's nothing I can give by way of critique..
It's utterly brilliant as is, imo. I'm accessing this site via my phone (children/juice/broken laptop/owch) and sometimes I can't see things.. is there a link here to the audio version?

Thank you!
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#11
Thanks Chaaz. We do put spoken pieces in Miscellaneous. If we had more of them maybe it would warrant a forum. Critiques may be different certainly. Audio adds a different flavor.

Thanks Violent. The link is above the poem "Harry Houdini". I appreciate the comments.
The secret of poetry is cruelty.--Jon Anderson
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#12
Thanks. Brilliant reading, really gives breath to it.
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(11-12-2013, 10:39 PM)Charlesjoseph Wrote:  Love this Todd, great work here!!!
The piece reads and sounds great. They should make a category for spoken word as well. I do a few readings here and there, and my work is geared toward those readings. I'm sure others would want to take part in something like this as well. Also, considering the way poems are critiqued on this site perhaps if someone heard the poem they are critiquing in the poets actual voice they may approach the critique differently. Just a thought.
Chazz

I make an audio of every poem I critique and listen to it several times before I comment. I recommend the practice to everyone in my 10 steps for effective critique.
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#14
Thank you Chaaz and Violet appreciate the comments.

Milo, that's a good idea for critique.

We may have to do more of these, and see how it goes. It would be a fun inclusion like the short stories we're starting up.
The secret of poetry is cruelty.--Jon Anderson
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#15
This poem is a lot of fun, but also quite beautiful. I particularly like the offhand irreverence of 'bound and lowered/ into this baptism// of black water.'
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#16
Thank you for the comments Lucent.

Much appreciated.
The secret of poetry is cruelty.--Jon Anderson
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#17
"Escape while possible,
is unsatisfying—
not the same as release."

Great line.

Another solid offering from you, Todd. Well done.
Write like no one is reading.
~Crystal Woods
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#18
Thank you, Lizzie.

Much appreciated!
The secret of poetry is cruelty.--Jon Anderson
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#19
Just been listening, this was my fav, so now following you, no pressure but get your lazy arse onto the mic and gets some fresh stuff up there. I like to listen :0

If your undies fer you've been smoking through em, don't peg em out
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(10-13-2017, 11:00 PM)Keith Wrote:  Just been listening, this was my fav, so now following you, no pressure but get your lazy arse onto the mic and gets some fresh stuff up there. I like to listen :0
Like most people, I'm not happy hearing my recorded voice. I'm sure I can find something else to add to it though.

Thanks, Keith.
The secret of poetry is cruelty.--Jon Anderson
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