I have to admit I’m not good at hearing poems. I prefer to see them.
If I am presented with poem audio, I immediately look around for poem text.
WHERE’S THE TEXT? I NEED THE TEXT!
I’ve subscribed to Poetry Foundation’s Poem Of The Day feed, which just sends you a little audio player to click a play button on and that’s all you get (unless you want to click all the way back to the Poetry Foundation website and hunt down that text, goshdarn it.)
It’s not easy, and each time I am well aware that there’s a monumental mental cheat going on, whereby my traitor head transcribes what my ears hear into something text-like that my inner eye can still ‘see.’
We’ll get there, though.