how to read a long poem

whisper the lines aloud

softly

stop and perhaps reflect

‘oh my God that is perfect’

read the line again for confirmation

I learned this from hearing the poet

David Whyte read:

he stopped and reread the lines for emphasis

but softly

so as not to bang you over the head with it

but to allow you the gift of the moment

to embrace it

to breathe in its essence

to slow down

and

dwell

there with the writer and

comprehend, to hear them speak 

to hear them speak

to hear

them

speak

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