Here’s an essay I had published recently at Cleaver. It discusses some techniques to control or use pace and volume in poems–how some poems exact their control on readers by turning up or turning down the volume in your head. In it I reference poems by Richard Hugo, Maggie Smith, Jennifer Givhan, and Kim Addonizio. Read it at this link and tell me what you think.
Wish more readers would take your advice! I go to a decent number of readings, and it’s always a bad sign when I start trying to remember what I had for breakfast or thinking about how the uncomfortable seat is making my butt fall asleep.