A thought-provoking exchange: thanks!
Love the idea of an MFA performance course. And surely recitation would help poets also develop that other voice, as heard by silent readers.
Text-driven law schools similarly fail to require the adequate development of oral advocacy skills. Timbre, cadence and the use of silence can be powerful tools of persuasion, or instruments of self-destruction. Many practicing lawyers remain remarkably tone-deaf as well in their written word-choice: what a shock when an opponent gleefully adopts those same turns of phrase. Read your arguments aloud before you file, or risk a courtroom flogging by your own stick.
Nic’s arm-waving reminds me to finally buy David McNeill’s Hand and Mind: What Gestures Reveal About Thought.