I think if poets are going to read their work aloud, they should practise being heard, otherwise what’s the point?

I know there’s plenty to think about while a person’s up on stage [nerves, do I gotta go pee, is my time up, why are they looking at me funny, have I got all my poems, hey, he’s cute, random thoughts like that] but that’s why one has to warm-up beforehand.

Still, I prefer to hear the actual poet read their own work, rather than listen to an actor do it — ugh. Okay, only if the poet is really, really atrocious [ear-bleedingly bad] would I forgive somebody else reading a poet’s work, for the sake of receiving the message clearly. :)