I’ve always been nervous about reading my own poetry, and I know that has to change at some point. Though, when my friend Angela Yuriko Smith asked me to read my poem for her online show SPILLING THE INK you can sure bet, yes, I was just as hesitant.

Back in 2018 when my now Rhysling Award nominated poem Crimson Faces was published Angela’s husband, Ryan Smith produced an audio recording with him narrating the poem. The way he read every word, emphasized every breath, it was beautiful.

Naturally, I asked Angela if Ryan had the time to produce a similar version for The Gates of Katharion (Weird Tales #366, 2022) and well, without further explanation I’m pleased to share with you the finished product

The Gates of Katharion.