The Poet’s Voice   1 comment

So many academic poets think they understand poetry, but they don’t. Frank is very good at weaving pieces together.

Frank Hudson

Stick with me here valued audience. I know awards speeches are not a popular genre. First off, everyone watching has just lost except for the speaker—not just the tuxedos in the hall, but anyone watching at home who aren’t important enough to be invited to the event. So maybe it’s safest to thank others effusively until your time is up and the music plays you off. A choice to make other points can be ineffective.

Yet, this isn’t the first time I’ve used an awards speech as the text for a piece, though the other two times they were speeches by actors, David Harbour and Viola Davis. Both of those speeches made claims about the value of dramatic art: Harbour making the claim that we may use make-believe heroes to inspire us to do necessary things, and Davis testifying that art, because it includes the illuminated communication of intense…

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Posted July 15, 2020 by kenneturner in Information

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  1. Great essay, Kenne. It speaks to where I’m at most of the time. Interesting juxtaposition: Faulkner to Dylan.

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