It’s in the Voice

When poetry is good, it begs to be slowed down and read aloud, each vowel and consonant and intentional pause treated with reverence. Great poetry is meant to be spoken — with emphasis and passion and emotion. Maria Melendez, the editor and publisher of Pilgrimage magazine, is a great poet. She reads her work tonight at the Writers Place (3607 Pennsylvania, 816-753-1090). Listen to verses from How Long She’ll Last in This World, which received honorable mention at the 2007 International Latino Book Awards and was named a finalist for the 2007 PEN Center USA Literary Award. This free reading is part of Park University’s Ethnic Voices Poetry Series. It begins at 7 p.m. and includes a reception and book signing. See park.edu/ethnicpoetry/2009-2010.html for more information.