This morning, I found this wonderful article on Poets & Writers entitled The Audio Revolution: How to Amplify Your Poems by Todd Boss. The article is a great resource for poets who are interested in "amplifying" their poetry by taking advantage of the audio tools so readily available online.
According to the article, "We are in the midst of a revolution in the way poetry finds its readers. Never before has it been so easy to create and distribute vocal recordings to a truly global audience, and yet most contemporary poets continue to invest themselves in only their art form's print aspects, reserving their presentation skills for little more than public readings. It's a pre-Internet model that serves poets to a limited extent, leaves readers half satisfied, and denies access to a potentially much wider "listening" audience."
Boss goes on to explain how having audio recordings on his website led to greater opportunities including a commission from syndicated weekend radio program The Splendid Table and several collaborative projects with musicians.
I have to agree with Boss about the importance of looking for new ways to enhance the experience for readers/consumers of poetry. I spoke about this very subject in my interview this past Sunday on the Joe Milford Poetry Show. I am in complete agreement, when Boss states, "Audio isn't likely to replace the printed (or pixelled) page, but you couldn't ask for a better way to supplement it."
Read the article for some great audio tool resources and tips.