Truly fine poetry must be read aloud. A good poem does not allow itself to be read in a low voice or silently. If we can read it silently, it is not a valid poem: a poem demands pronunciation. Poetry always remembers that it was an oral art before it was a written art. It remembers that it was first song. — Jorge Luis Borges, Seven Nights. (New Directions; 2 edition July 30, 2009) Originally published 1977.