Phenomenal Woman Poetry Reading

I did a reading of Phenomenal woman for my DS106 Audio category. This was a stressful assignment, mostly because I kept messing up and having to re-record. Not to mention how terrible I think my own voice sounds, all nasally yuck! In any-case i chose this poem because it was a very powerful poem and it has lots of fun rhyming. Also because I think it suits me well. I am not sure how to upload a sound-cloud, so I hope this works.

Oh but then I remembered that we had to do something future related, so this will be a double DS106. A very hard to read poem about the Future. Have a listen, I made a couple of mistakes, can you catch them? Here is the poem:


someday everyone will be wise in the future
everyone will be sensible and forward thinking
wear sensible shoes and act accordingly in the future
wise action according to everyone will be the act
of the future everyone will be futuristic someday
according to god according to everyone and their shoes
in the future everyone will be godless and free
act accordingly in the future or else
play accordions wisely in your godless future
in the future accordions will play themselves

act three in the future: there will be no accordions
everyone will get nostalgic for the accordion god
and act as if they were wise in the future
everyone will be according to god
in the future everyone will not act accordingly
wisdom is unholy in the future
to act accordingly is to stay out of trouble
in the future jails will be bigger and much better
everyone will need some punishment in the future
thinking of accordions will be a crime

lawrence welk is a revolutionary in the future
to act accordingly is to act with wisdom
everyone will act as one in the future
accordingly for everyone to act
in the future everyone will be discredited
everyone must act now to avoid the future
be wise and dont act accordingly
play accordions in the street the future cannot
wait for wisdom and forced accord
one chord might save the future

Stephen Roxborough
And here is my Recording:

6 thoughts on “Phenomenal Woman Poetry Reading

  1. Both of these readings were quite good. I think that most people don’t like the sound of their own voice. Your voice is fine and your delivery is full of life and character.

    I think the final verse in the Maya Angelou poem was repeated.

    In terms of ds106 assignment requirements, I think you’ve left something out. Can you or one of your friends find it with me having to say what it is?

  2. D whats with you and Orwellian things anyways? I am sensing a theme.

    also Nope thats not one of the mistakes, but I am glad you cannot tell~ That means i did not get frazzled enough to have to re-record

    Hopefully someone will help me find the missing piece because I looked over it and nothing came up… Help?

    • Orwell wrote his books, especially “1984” as a satire of how society may become, but modern society really has become just what he spoke of. But what really rang a bell in the second poem was the phrase: “thinking of accordions will be a crime.” This sounded eerily similar to thoughtcrime.

      “Thoughtcrime is death. Thoughtcrime does not entail death, Thoughtcrime is death . . . The essential crime that contains all others in itself” — 1984

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