How do you like your poetry served?

Poetry is like steak, isn’t it? Everyone wants it served in a particular way.

We realized this at Whale Sound only a little bit after realizing that we have suddenly become a poetry-deliverer. Thanks in major part to the conversations at Voice Alpha and backroom exchanges with our, um, backroom consultants for Whale Sound . (You know who you are, guys – thanks!!).

So some tweaking has occurred at the site of Whale Sound‘s first audio chapbook publication – Heather Hummel’s Handmade Boats.

Some people like to tackle a chapbook slowly and methodically, beginning at the first entry and ending at the last. The main page is for you – it allows you to click your way through the poems, viewing text and hearing audio, one by one.

Some people want the whole text at their disposal all at once, to be able to skim forward, backwards, stop here and avoid there, with audio options when they choose. The ‘all text and audio on one long page‘ is for you.

Some people just want the text, forget the audio. They want text that is printable, physical, holdable. The PDF version is for you.

Some people don’t want any of the above, they just want a chapbook they can listen to on their iPod. The MP3 download is for you.

And some people want some or all of the above at different points in time – the text, the audio, the text and the audio, either, both, any.

Is there anything we haven’t thought of?

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Nic Sebastian

Nic is the author of Forever Will End On Thursday and Dark And Like A Web. She founded the now-archived Whale Sound site and is co-founder of The Poetry Storehouse. Nic blogs at Very Like A Whale and Voice Alpha.

12 thoughts on “How do you like your poetry served?”

  1. Whatever happened to “you’ll take it my way and like it, honey!” and slamming the dishes on the table? What kind of poetry journal is this, anyway?

    1. we aim to please

      *simper simper*

      actually, these elements are already in the mix – it’s not about creating anything new, just about reformatting pre-existing text and audio and re-presenting it.

      Video and sign language, though — that would be new content that would have to be created. (Thanks for volunteering, Dave!)

  2. there are so many good choices, i think i am going to need whale sound to produce a “which version is right for me?” guide with flow charts and diagrams and frequently asked questions.

    and in the end, i like to snuggle up and have drinks with my poets, is that going to be an option in a subsequent release? ;)

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