REBLOG: 6 Things A Poet Wants You To Know About Reading Poems (lifted from #amreading.com)

…by Rebecca Ogle – October 30, 2016 – original post here… It comes so naturally to me: reading them, writing them. That’s not to say it isn’t work. It surely is, but it’s al…

Source: 6 Things A Poet Wants You To Know About Reading Poems (lifted from #amreading.com) Plus a New ISSUU Chapbook of Poetry by Uttley!

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Amp Simulators and StudioWare

I have been on a quest for a while now to be able to turn my PC into a great recording environment for the guitar. I have seen numerous videos and read countless articles on how to get a good “tone” but never have been able to reproduce the stuff I’ve heard on the internet. Until now. Aaannnd, I’ve done it with a $49 Sound Blaster. (note: I am using a pre-amp.)

Long story short, you need at least decent hardware to begin with or you will sound like shit. That being said, you don’t need to spend as much money as some people suggest. In my case I have had several setups. The very first was lining my guitar straight into my computer and using Amplitube LE somewhere in the 90’s. With the cheap on-board audio the signal was unacceptably noisy. After hunting down as to why, my next setup was a 50W Peavey Audition Combo with a “pre-out” in to a new sound-card and again into Amplitube III. This was a perfect setup because I could not only have a proper analog signal, but also just use the Amplitube Cabinet Models and Rack Effects and the clean and dirty channels and parametric eq from the amplifier.

All said and done, you should be able to line-out to your stereo and reproduce what you need to. It is true however, that you get what you pay for. 😉 I’m just mentioning this setup because from a lot of HOW-TO on the internet, you’d be spending at LEAST $200. For a pre-amp. All you need is asio drivers and at least a decent sound card. A Sound Blaster Audigy X-Fi (with asio support, and you NEED it) cost $49 on Amazon brand new and has wonderful drivers… you can spend what you want on a pre-amp, which unfortunately you will need.

You could just line in to your sound card if you have a higher end one with a 1/4″ active line-in. The Peavey Audition cost $50 at a pawn shop… so all together that’s HALF the price of the LOWEST priced pre-amp (new) you’ll see on the internet a lot of guru’s are suggesting.

Currently I have a ZOOM G5 pre-amp with a real 12ax7 and multi effects I am buying on lease. You can also plug it in USB but I find that the asio drivers are inferior to the ones provided by Creative Labs. There are other Amp Simulators available like BIAS Fx, I just prefer Amplitube. If you have a decent sound card without asio support, all you need is asio4all. Google is your best friend. I won’t get into recording software, everybody likes ice-cream; there are so many flavors. That is all.

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Union Mary (reprise)

Monday, September 13, 2010

(for Mary-Anne)

Come with me
And let’s forget there are things to remember
The wandering sea
Washes clean our thoughts of descender

Rainbow skies and shiny jewels
Are what you seek throughout dismay
They laugh at us, we laugh at fools
For we see first the dawning day

The jester dances happily
and I’ve tried so hard to find the words
to wear my heart upon my sleeve
never faltering to the unacceptable urge

Lucid dreams are what we seek
and these spirits wash the past away
Mary, you are so far from weak
you brought me to this very day

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For The Love Of Lilith

Darkest deception has blinded you
As sweet as fruit the lies conveyed
So driven west you found the truth
…another lie, but you obeyed

Lovely daughter, they raped your mind
And sent you back to do their deeds
The wicked made you of their kind
And bore two children, death and greed

There can only be one, that is the Law
Yet evolution gave a second choice
So choose your mate with rigid jaw
Whose words may be the only voice

Lady justice, steal their plight
Hold it with your deceptive grace
While we make love, again this night
Secluded in our secret place

You were my first, my lady, my wife
And the empty tomb was filled
But now, this time as we create life
No other will be killed

They called you Lady of the darkest night
A queen of steel, she tried to reveal
To look upon your heart is light
For only truth, can I feel

Capture, rapture; the coming of Christ
Flesh to flesh, against all sin
And now because it’s happened twice
What the innocent desire begins

“Lest we forget”, is what they will say
Our child will turn the hearts of Men
From wicked deeds to other ways
As Daniel in the Lions’ den

They can not see but all will listen
Minds of Men are sown with truth
Lady Justice we must hasten
Lest folly come upon our youth

I love you, sorrow, hope and woman
They’ll attempt to take our love astray
It’s time to seal the lips of hate
And forever death is held at bay

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Jane’s Rays

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Little star, what dreams do you have?
Let’s play in the fields of the lord
Dressing our wounds with secret salve
And shouting without saying a word

Sunrise of truth, bring us our life
Beckon our souls to be true
Swim with love in leadened water
Painting our children a new hue

Fresh breath of air, filling with life
Lungs have been touched by deceit
Breathe out the untruth, and in again
Portraits of things that are neat

Tenacious and cautious, stepping lively
The stairs which bring us back home
Leaving fast the knowledge from trees
That may bring us disdain as we roam

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The Thief Of Dreams

tear
I’m so torn inside
feel
What I have to hide
touch
Don’t burn your fingers
see?
It’s getting better

I’m helpless to your will
I never asked to live
Swallow fast the bitter pill
I never asked to live

fall
Feels like I’m falling
cry
I can’t stop screaming
hold
To hold on to you
say
Please say I’m dreaming’

You gave me all I asked
I’m helpless to your will
Still haunted by my past
I’m helpless to your will

fear
Oh, please God help me
pain
I can’t face the pain
laugh
The Devil is laughing
oh, why?
Would you do it again?

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Chapter

Here I sit within dismay
And my Chapter has begun
Why does it have to be this way?
Dare I say that I have won?

Every emotion is tearing through me
No more tears, they’ve stopped
And all I see is so damned ugly
So now it’s time to reap my crop

My muse has gone, I am astray
And there’s blood upon my hands
For I may die this very day
Or Crucify the Lamb

Oh, I say: What is to be?!
Shall I take his life?
She had her way, she picked me
To hold the fucking knife.

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