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April 19, 2007

"They Had Become Friends"

I really enjoyed the short time I spent in the studio with James McMichael. We hadn't recorded any long poems at that point, and I dug the way he just charged into two longer pieces. This poem, 'The British Countryside In Pictures,' works well when heard aloud, even though it is long, I think because of the narrative that runs throughout.

Perhaps proving what McMichael mentioned to me on his way out of the studio--'Poetry is an aural medium. It gets treated as if it's visual, but it's for the ear.'


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