Working in pairs (to be selected in class), further prepare your poem. Work on pacing, on variation of tone, on sufficient volume, on making the sense of the poem absolutely clear while still conveying something of its form. As an exercise, prepare a subversive version, something that is quite different from what you think the poem "demands." For instance, if the poem is deliberate, try reciting it so that it's silly; if it's funny, make it lugubrious; if it's intimate, make it angry. Try doing this with just parts of the poem, or making different parts of the poem do different things. (This is a way of making sure that you have the words down pat, so that you are free to do different things with them; it also helps work on variation within the poem -- you might discover something you want to preserve in your final recital.
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