Recently I’ve become hyper-aware of not being able to concentrate on readings by writers who stand or sit really badly. Is this a problem for anyone else? It seems to be particularly bad amongst poets although I also notice it with some fiction writers. I just can’t take in what someone reading their work is saying when they place way too much weight on one side of their body throughout their performance, or if they’re slumped really badly. Instead of paying attention to their work, I’m just fixated on the aesthetically unpleasing way in which they hold themselves!
Too many of the poets (in particular) who I see performing look like they spend all their time reading and writing – or else combining those activities with a university job (or some similar time wasting white collar employment). They either need to use a gym or get a labouring job, so that they shape up their bodies and gain better posture… and if more poets don’t start doing this then I’m going to boycott their readings!
And while you’re at it don’t forget to check – www.stewarthomesociety.org – you know it makes (no) sense!