The Voices

Poems are said to have a voice. I found one definition that says that voice, simply put, is the person behind the words that speaks to the audience. The literal voice is, of course, the person reading or reciting the words, but that is not what poets really think about when they discuss voice.

Voice is made up of many poetic elements such as tone, imagery, rhythm, diction, punctuation, and more. These things work together to give a unique color and expression to our words. Voice builds an overall style or point of view of the poet. We can think of it as the voice inside the reader’s head. It is the voice that is heard even if the words are on paper or a screen.

For podcasts, a poem has a literal voice. We can use a synthetic voice to record a podcast version of the website post. For example, this post is being read by the voice of Remy.

Yesterday, I posted four poems from this site using the synthetic voice of Cassidy. Those posts are each just a poem. That is 35 words. They are not really meant for podcasting. 35 words will clock in at less than a minute each. That is not exactly what people expect for a podcast, but when I started this project back in 2014, a podcast version of the poems was not part of the plan.

I do plan to record some of the older poems that seem to have attracted the most attention over the past nine years. I’ll record them in my own voice – that is, Ken will record them. And he will probably add some background about the poem as he has been doing lately which will increase the length of the podcast a bit. Perhaps up to a few minutes in length.

(It is strange to write this post in a kind of third person, but if the “I” is Remy reading, rather than Ken reading, it needs to be that way.)

Will the “I” be Remy or Ken in future podcasts?  I think it will be Ken’s voice. But there may still be a place for Remy and Cassidy along the way.

The photo used to illustrate this post is by George Milton and is available on

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