Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Poem Just a Phone Call Away

It's too late for today, but try this out tomorrow!

From The Chronicle of Higher Education:

A Poem Is Just a Phone Call Away
July 13, 2011, 1:03 pm

Got the midsummer blues and need a poem to cheer you up? Look no further: Heather Christle has just what you need.

In an effort to generate publicity for her second volume of poetry, The Trees The Trees (Octopus Books, 2011), Ms. Christle has posted her phone number on the Web site for her book so that visitors to the site can call and get a personal reading from the poet herself.

So far her Google Voice number has been ringing with calls from all over the world and sparking interest in the foreign press, like the Guardian of London.

“I think it’s grown much larger than me and the world,” she said in a brief interview between readings, “Small but exciting things are happening.”

One of her favorite calls came when she answered her phone at a thrift store and heard the voice of Tex Brashear, voice of Cobra Commander, Yogi Bear, and many more classic cartoon characters.

“It was so strange to suddenly hear the voice of Dr. Claw and the Cryptkeeper asking to hear my poetry,” said Ms. Christle, who is Emory University’s creative writing fellow in poetry.

If you want to listen to poems from The Trees The Trees or any other of Ms. Christle’s works, you can call her today at (413) 570-3077 until 6 p.m. ET, or Thursday from 10 1 p.m., ET. —Armando Montaño

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