let me speak it

These are the things you say when you are trying to gather information about something – let me see it; let me touch it; let me taste it; let me smell it; let me hear it.

Here’s another one: let me speak it.

Voice is sense, an organ of investigation, just like fingers, ears, tongue, eyes, nose. Voice brings you information not otherwise available to you.

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8 thoughts on “let me speak it

  1. Maureen says:

    Great poetry-writing tips.

  2. Bob Wood says:

    This is why I, for one, was so happy to have you read my poem. Different voices teach us different things about our own words, which of course never are and never can be entirely our own.

  3. Carolee says:

    So amazing to me how many years I overlooked the joy of reading things aloud as a practice, as a way of feeling.

  4. [...] said previously that voice is an organ of investigation – a sense like touch or sight that brings you information – and believe that all the [...]

  5. Peter says:

    You mentioned this on Dave’s Woodrat Podcast shortly after you posted this, and it really struck me.

  6. [...] voice & body attention to it, I want to read & record the whole thing. Voice truly is an organ of investigation – I started figuring that out with Whale Sound and am becoming progressively more dependent [...]

  7. [...] interesting. Perhaps akin to one of my favorite themes: the impact of reading a poem aloud for an audience – voice is an organ of investigation that brings you information not otherwise available to [...]

  8. […] loved these words from “let me speak it,” your blog post from Very Like a Whale on November 8, […]

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