Poetry. Art. Music. SOME MECHANICAL POEMS TO BE READ ALOUD read differently when read aloud by different people. The album is made from composites of multiple individuals reading the same work, so that the variants created by each reader can be heard extending and overlapping. In creating SOME MECHANICAL POEMS TO BE READ ALOUD Joshua Beckman traveled all over the US, introducing the project to different people from a multiplicity of backgrounds—some of whom were writers, some of whom were readers, and some of whom were neither of those things. Awash in disparate sounds, silences and modalities, the result is the innovation that is SOME MECHANICAL POEMS TO BE READ ALOUD.
Joshua Beckman was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He is the author of many books, including ANIMAL DAYS (Wave Books, 2021), THE LIVES OF THE POEMS AND THREE TALKS (Wave Books, 2018), THE INSIDE OF AN APPLE (Wave Books, 2013), TAKE IT (Wave Books, 2009), SHAKE (Wave Books, 2006), YOUR TIME HAS COME (Verse Press/Wave Books, 2004), and two collaborations with Matthew Rohrer: Nice Hat. Thanks. and Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. He is editor-in-chief at Wave Books and has translated numerous works of poetry and prose, including Micrograms, by Jorge Carrera Andrade, 5 Meters of Poems (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010) by Carlos Oquendo de Amat, and Poker (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2008) by Tomaž Šalamun, which was a finalist for the PEN America Poetry in Translation Award. He also co- edited Supplication: Selected Poems of John Wieners (Wave Books, 2015).Author City: SEATTLE, WA USA