She’s No Betty Grable: An Audio Interlude

My poem for Day 7 of the Tuple 30/30 project can be read here, but you can listen to it on this very page.

You get to hear it because I was told that I had to go first by my poet friend Pleasant Street, if I wanted to hear her read one of her recent poems. If that’s not old school, I don’t know what is.

She’s No Betty Grable.

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?


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


Pleasant Street Benefit of a friend


j matthew waters how blue is your heart
words AND audio:


Robert Okaji Scarecrow Pretends


Pleasant Street will you let it go


Frank Hubeny White Snow Last Night
words AND audio:


words AND audio:


Dormiens VigiloMan in the Mandala
words AND audio:

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?