If you subscribe to Annie’s Spellsletter, where I share magical snippets of my poems designed to move will, mind, body, heart, and spirit, then you know that my motto for absorbing/appreciating/adoring a poem is : #speakitthrice! I typically approach a poem by inviting myself to speak it three times aloud (either actually saying it aloud, whispering, or simply ‘hearing’ it silently in real time—more on this below). If a poem can stand up to the invitation, the odds are that it will transform itself through rich depths of nuance by the end of the third reading. Of course, it’s no coincidence that thrice is traditionally the requisite number of sayings to activate a spell, for as subscribers to this Substack likely know, meter and magic grow from the same root word.
“To embody a poem as if it is music”. I love that and I call this ‘symphonies’. I love the theatrical, your SPEAKITTHRICE surely feels to carry the weight of drama all the same. Energy- power included.