Voice Alpha - "the poem ultimately belongs to the reader"

I'm pleased to have my guest post appear at Voice Alpha, an exciting new blog that's "a repository for thoughts, theories, suggestions, likes and dislikes and anything else related to the art and science of reading poetry aloud for an audience." My blog entry went live today. Thanks, Nic Sebastian, for inviting me to write on this topic. I'll be continuing to read, and also listening and reading on the companion site, Whale Sound, to poems and interviews. The Internet and its visual and audio capabilities is making this an exciting time to be a poet! I do still love print, but I have to prefer hearing a poem to reading one on the page. Maybe it's just me, but the voice is powerful, and sound is an important dimension in a poem.