by the Nile's garden
I constructed Necropolis.
Ten million fellaheen cells
of my body floated stones
to establish a white museum."
Donald Hall at Academy of American Poets
Donald Hall at Poetry Foundation
NPR interview with Donad Hall (audio)
Tad Richards on Donald Hall
An audience at a reading, Hall notes, should remember that "it's different from reading a poem. Basically, you want to listen for pleasure - pleasure in the sounds of the words, pleasure in the moment - with no thought of interpretation. Just take it in, and let it flow through you.
"I compare listening to spoken poetry to learning a foreign language. At first you hear words and translate them into your own language. Then, you get to the point where you can make that leap to thinking in the other language. To get the most out of a reading, you need to make that leap - to turn off the translation machine, and just listen to the flow of that spoken language. You don't want to be writing a critical essay in your mind as you're listening."