My good friend, Dunbar poet Jo Gibson, phoned me the other evening to ask me if I’d join her in reading a few poems in the break of a local choir’s musical evening – their first outing. She said that she had a poem written for two voices, and she wondered if I would join her in reading it. As we were talking about it I realised that a new poem I’ve written very recently would also work as a duet, so we’re doing both, as well as two or three poems on our own.
The poems aren’t dialogues – they’re not the sort of question and answer or assertion and response which makes dialogue – nor are they poems constructed in the persons of two separate characters. They are poems which could be read aloud by one person, but which we feel will be more interesting to be read by two.
I’ll report back on the success (or otherwise) of the experiment, and at that point I’ll post the poem. I’d rather try it out on an audience first.