Visitors to the popular website Poetry Daily can get a taste of the work of poet Todd Boss, who readers and listeners of TMR already know as the poetry winner (and first runner-up) of our inaugural Audio Contest, for his poems “To Wind a Mechanical Toy,” and “Yellowrocket,” respectively. His poem, “To Be Alone Again in the Thick Skin,” which Poetry Daily is featuring, will give readers the chance to see Boss’ deft attention to sound and sense, which when read aloud produce such dazzling sonic effects. Find ample example of this here.
It’s also a great opportunity to remind our readers that as we move into the center of November, they have just over two weeks to make ready and submit their own sound (and video!) recordings of original creative compositions. The deadline is December 1, and all you need to know can be found here.

Congratulations, Todd!

TMR Podcast: Audio Winners Series: Voice-Only Poetry: Todd Boss

In this installment of The Missouri Review podcast, we feature the first place and first runner-up entries to the Voice-Only Literature (Poetry) category of our 2007 Audio Competition. Both of these awards go to poems by Todd Boss: “To Wind a Mechanical Toy” (1st place) and “Yellowrocket” (1st runner-up). Both poems are sonically resonant, without being heavy-handed in their music. They are lyrically complex, weaving narrative with a more roving, philosophical strain, so that listening to the poems is a varied experience, with lulls, pauses, crescendos, decrescendos, while also being unified enough to follow aurally.

Todd Boss is the director of External Affairs at The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. His work appears in Poetry, The New Yorker, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. His first collection, Yellowrocket, will be published this year by W.W. Norton and Company.

You can listen to the podcast directly here.