I started a new Tumblr blog today, and I wanted to share it with you in the hopes that you’ll participate. It is linked above, and here.
I’ve always been amused by Google Voice translations. Considering how poor they are, it’s hard not to be. But it’s always fascinated me how these translations have come to be known as “Google Voice Poetry.” It certainly reflects the larger public’s view of poetry: that it’s messy, obtuse and essentially broken English.
I thought it might be fun to turn that idea on its head by reading poems to Google Voice, then posting the “translations” to the new blog. Will they be beautiful? Broken? Something else entirely?
There’s only one way to find out. Pick a poem, then leave me a voicemail at this number: (215) 821-7461. I look forward to hearing from you.