My First Poetry Reading - Myopia

Good day people. Today's post is not one I am really proud to share, but must share all the same. If I knew I was gonna be on camera, I would have composed myself and gesticulated better, instead of standing like a statue. It was my first poetry reading ever. I recited my poem, Myopia. It was on blog last year and generated a lot of comments but it has been taken down.

Apart from my 10 year old birthday video when I was jumping up and down, I have never really watched myself on camera. I don't think I like the way my mouth moves sha, lol. I watched it and was like 'is this how I talk in real life?' I just had to cover my eyes.

This is a poetry reading session is called Loudthotz Poetry reading. It takes place every second Thursday of the month. I attended in January and really loved it, but was too ill to go for February's own. By the grace of God, I won't miss that of march. Join me there, if you can. I believe anyone that writes poems should be there to meet people of like minds. It is organized by Independent Poet Concerns.

Enjoy the video.

41 comments

  1. That was really good. I wish I had the courage to perform spoken word. It was among my resolutions last year, but I failed to do it.

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    1. Really? Thanks for the kind words.
      Please, try to learn the art of speaking, it is not as bad as you think.

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  2. The poem is really good. I liked the power of your voice, would've wanted more facial and body expression too.

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    1. Yea, my voice's power... it can be my undoing at times. I'll add body expression next time.

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  3. I'd go with Myne on this one. Facial and body expressions would improve the quality of your reading. Moreover, you could try memorizing the poems too.

    Blessings.

    - LDP

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    1. Yes, I saw your comment on fb. I can't memorize it cos some of the poems are so long and also, at most poetry readings, we are asked to read it from the screen so that the audience can follow you

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  4. I go with LDP...and yea you did well.

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  5. Public speaking isnt easy o!! You really did well.

    I would just suggest a lighter tone of voice?

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    1. Thanks Ginger. Lighter tone of voice sha... maybe I will try to make sure I am tired before reading next time. This is bcos my excess energy sometimes reflects in the tone of my voice

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  6. Amazing information. Thanks for sharing it really helpful.

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  7. you did well....for a first timer. next time just relax and use your hands. looking forward to the next one

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    1. Yes o, I am also looking forward to it. As I said, I did not know I was gonna be on camera

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  8. Caught the bright smile at the end of it all. You are already recieved good comments. Keep it up.

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    1. Wow, I thought no one will notice. Thanks for your kind words.

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  9. Lol. Methinks you did pretty good o. Your mouth looked 'okay' to me. lol. Great poem though the body language was a little off. All the same, you try jor! E no easy. I did 'spoken word' once at Anthill 2.0 and I kinda stuttered on my poem. The memory has since had me unwilling to try again but I'm having a rethink now. I'll definitely check out IPC and probably join you in March.

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    1. Ehn ehn, serious? Thanks

      Please, dont let the failure of the past cripple the success of the future joo. It just supposed to be a stepping stone to greater things

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  10. not bad at all. you'll definitely improve with time. Good one

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    1. Eeya, thanks. I really wanna get better

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  11. It wasn't as bad as you led us to believe. Public speaking is never easy, believe me. I use to be petrified to speak in front of an audience but I had to fight my demons to overcome it. The more you do it, the better you become. Well done.

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    1. Really? Thanks. I believe that practice makes perfect.

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  12. I hate public speaking so to me you did well, its not easy!

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  13. It was beautiful. At least I was there. Your voice projection was powerful too. I can't wait to see my video on the reading. Must be funny I guess.

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    1. Yea thanks. Your video is on their youtube channel. Go and check it.

      Though I did not watch it, you did well that day o

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  14. Were you reading from a screen...I like your voice but your expression and body language was nah...too relaxed and like you were forced to read the poem.

    Glad to know you are alright now...enjoy your weekened.

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    1. Yea, I was reading from a screen. I'll put in my best next time. Thanks

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  15. E-N-E-R-G-Y! This is the first time I have seen you on video and the tone of your delivery matches the one on your blog. So from now on, with every post you put up, this'll be my mental image ... LOL! You have such a powerful voice and sounded bold. I wish you demonstrated more and moved around too. I enjoyed this though :-)

    P.S. For a statue you looked pretty good ... LOL!

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    1. Loooooolllllll. So you won't change this mental image? Okay oooo


      Lool at the pretty statue. U r funny

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  16. Good poem, has some nice lines in there :)
    you're a muslim?

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    1. Thanks o. No, I am not a Muslim. why did you think so?

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  17. I was too busy listening to the poem to care about theatrics, lol. I LOVE the poem, really good job

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    1. Really? Thanks for the consolation. I appreciate

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  18. I'm sure everyone cringes when they hear their own voice out loud, myself included. I actually am tempted to smash whatever device is playing my voice whenever I hear it...it's that crazy. But anyways, I won't repeat what the others have said...or maybe I will. REALLY IMPRESSIVE!!! Spoken word poetry is something else, and that would require the theatrics most of the time but you're good since this is just a poetry reading.

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    1. Really? Everyone? What about the actors and TV personalities.
      Thanks for the encouragement.

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  19. Love the animation in your voice. Everyone has their own style, jare. I don't think your whole body has to be animated to carry a performance. There's this perception in spoken word performances that one has to be overtly dramatic. Not true.

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    1. Ehn ehn, I did not see it that way o. I am sure the next one will be better sha.

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  20. Blessings......
    it was good, only recommendation would be more infliction, take us on the journey, the highs and lows.

    stay blessed.
    please stop by and pick up the award i created for you. thanks...

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  22. YOU HAVE COME A LONG WAAYYYY!!!!!!!!!! WOW!! I See the difference, I AM HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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