Presenting with Presence 

“A poet’s work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.” ~ Salman Rushdie  

  2. Overcoming Fear of Speaking
  3. Oral recitation rubric
  4. Poetry oral presentation and product

Presence: What is it and how to invoke it through nonverbal and verbal elements

  1. Body posture
  2. Voice
  3. Facial expression
  4. Pitch
  5. Rate/Pace of Speech
  6. Effective pauses
  7. Inflection and emphasis of words.
  1. Visualizing the words. Being present with the words.
    1. Examples: Blueberry Girl, Neil Gaiman,
    2. “Stopping By Woods On a Snowy Evening”

Oral Interpretation Practice:


  • Poems to practice reading aloud
  • Figure out some different tempos to read the poem.
    • How fast, how slow?
    • What is the range of ways the same work could be performed. What are some different energies, rhythms, emotions that you could use to put different emphases into the poem? 
    • What are aspects of the poem that reveal the poet’s voice
    • Connect the poem, yourself, and the poet.
    • Script your poem to read with others.
    • Practice repeatedly.

Rubric: self and partner checks

Poetry project ideas.