will you let it go on Open Mic

Pleasant Street posted the words to this poem the other day (you need to follow her site) and it struck a chord with me so I asked her to record it.

You’re lucky, because she said yes, and here it is, on the March 2017 Open Mic Page.

You can appear here, too. Read the details on the page and submit away.

March 2017 Open Mic Invitation

What’s that thing March comes in like? A lion? Are you ready to roar?

Well, lube up those lips and start your mouth exercises. It may be late, but it’s not never, so read one of your poems out loud, record it, and share it. Are you waiting for a written invitation?

Cause….

The Skinny:

  1. Record yourself reading one of your own works.
  2. Post it somewhere.
  3. Link to this post.
  4. I will post a link with your name and poem title RIGHT HERE.
  5. It’s an open mic invitation. NOT a challenge.

Some tips:

  • Go simple.
    I record using my iPhone, then email/share the file with myself. I very rarely edit it, unless I really waited too long to start talking.
  • Want better quality?
    You can get a relatively inexpensive mic on Amazon that you can hook up to your computer. Some of there come with editing software. If I do edit, I use Audacity on the Mac. It’s free and pretty easy to use. There’s a version for Windows, too.
  • Hosting.
    If you pay WordPress to host your site, you can add your audio by clicking on the Add Media button in the post editor. Have the free WordPress? You have options. All of the sites below will let you upload audio. Some will host for free up to a certain amount of storage. (I think with Youtube, you’ll have to upload a movie, but you can use a still image and add your poem.)I’ll even host it for you if like. Just email me the file.

  • Questions?
    Ask below or contact me using the contact form (up above). I’ll try to help you out!And if you have any tips, feel free to share them!

March 2017

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Pleasant Street Benefit of a friend
words: https://areyouthrilled.com/2017/02/08/lengthy-courtship/
audio: 

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j matthew waters how blue is your heart
words AND audio: https://jdubqca.com/2017/03/10/how-blue-is-your-heart/

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Robert Okaji Scarecrow Pretends
words: https://slagreview.com/2017/01/17/robert-okaji-scarecrow-pretends-poem/
audio: 

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Pleasant Street will you let it go
words: https://areyouthrilled.com/2017/03/15/will-you-let-it-go/
audio: 

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Frank Hubeny White Snow Last Night
words AND audio: https://frankhubeny.blog/2017/03/16/white-snow-last-night/

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Poet Rummager FIVE HAIKU POEMS: PERSISTENT WINTER
words AND audio: https://poetrummager.com/2017/03/17/five-haiku-poems-persistent-winter/

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Dormiens VigiloMan in the Mandala
words AND audio: https://whilesleepingwatch.com/2017/02/24/man-in-the-mandala/

Today’s Open Mic

Why, it’s from me! It’s the third most popular poem from my site last (according to WordPress stats) and it’s oddly appropriate for today’s date.

Please head over to the February 2017 Open Mic Page with all due haste and suffer through the madness inducing tones of my eldritch vocalizations. And the only cure for such madness is to make your audio offering. After all, ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn!

Something to Get Excited About

A new reading is available on the February Open Mic Page and it’s a great one from Pleasant Street. You need to go follow her site. It’s worth your time.

Also, listen to the other audio delectables on the Open Mic Page, and while you’re there, why not warm up your vocal cords and participate?

February 2017 Open Mic

Holy mac and cheese, January is already over. Only eleven months left in this year, am I right?

It’s time again to oil up those golden vocal cords and made some poetical noises. Just look at the easy to follow guidelines below.

I’m waiting for you!

The Skinny:

  1. Record yourself reading one of your own works.
  2. Post it on your site.
  3. Include a link to this site in your post.
    OR Comment on that month’s call for entries
    OR send me a message using the contact form.
  4. I will post a link with your name and poem title RIGHT HERE.
  5. It’s an open mic invitation. NOT a challenge.

Some tips:

  • Go simple.
    I record using my iPhone, then email/share the file with myself. I very rarely edit it, unless I really waited too long to start talking.
  • Want better quality?
    You can get a relatively inexpensive mic on Amazon that you can hook up to your computer. Some of there come with editing software. If I do edit, I use Audacity on the Mac. It’s free and pretty easy to use. There’s a version for Windows, too.
  • Hosting.
    If you pay WordPress to host your site, you can add your audio by clicking on the Add Media button in the post editor. Have the free WordPress? You have options.All of the sites below will let you upload audio. Some will host for free up to a certain amount of storage. (I think with Youtube, you’ll have to upload a movie, but you can use a still image and add your poem.)
  • Soundcloud
  • Audioboom
  • Youtube
  • Questions?
    Ask below or contact me using the contact form (up above). I’ll try to help you out!
  • And if you have any tips, feel free to share them!

February 2017

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Crumpled Paper Cranes such is her finesse
words: https://crumpledpapercranes.com/2016/08/23/such-is-her-finesse/
audio: https://soundcloud.com/cpcranes/such-is-her-finesse-a-poem?in=cpcranes/sets/poetry-by-cpcranes

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Rivrlogr Old Leaf New Leaf
words AND audio: https://rivrvlogr.wordpress.com/2017/02/06/old-leaf-new/

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Pleasant Street Lengthy Courtship
words: https://areyouthrilled.com/2017/02/08/lengthy-courtship/
audio:

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Poet Rummager (Rose) Fifty Words Story – Burn
words AND audio: https://poetrummager.com/2017/02/10/fifty-words-story-burn/

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crow sea beast
words: https://wordsandfeathers.com/2016/10/10/sea-beast-20161010/
audio: 

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Pleasant Street Awake
words: https://areyouthrilled.com/2017/02/15/awake/
audio: 

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Robert Okaji Letter from Kansas
words: https://silverbirchpress.wordpress.com/2017/01/13/letter-from-kansas-poem-by-robert-okaji-me-at-17-poetry-and-prose-series/
audio: 

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Jim Feeney Auto
words AND audio: https://stopdraggingthepanda.com/2016/12/17/auto/

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Out Like a Lion

Yes, friends, here are TWO more entries in the first Open Mic Invitational of 2017. Of course, it’s so near the end of the month, that February’s Open Mic Page will soon go live. So if you missed out this time, or if you just want to keep this party going, you still have time.

The first new entry is from Stephanie L. Harper. You can hear the audio here (where you find a link to the words as well); check out her site here.

The other entry is by me. It was the fourth most popular poem on the site in 2016. Some language in this one… Listen here.