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LISTEN: Alan Robert Proctor And The Importance Of A Title

Laura Spencer

Alan Robert Proctor has published fiction, essays and poetry, in journals such as New Letters and I-70 Review. He's also a poetry editor for Kansas City Voices.

Proctor says when he reads a poem out loud he always includes the title at the beginning — and at the end.

"One of the things about a title is [that] sometimes it ties a circle, it comes back either ironically or right in your face. It helps you understand, ah, I get the concept," says Proctor. "Sometimes a title can be obtuse when the poem is very clear and vice versa. So, I think titles are just really important."

Proctor's first novel, Adirondack Summer, is available as an e-book. He's authored two more books scheduled for release in 2015: The Sweden File: Memoir of an American Expatriate and Grinn's Fairy Tales: Outloud Stories for Grandparents

All of our WORD readings, including bonus tracks by some poets, are archived on SoundCloud.

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