“Asphyxiating the Silence in Your Neck of the Woods: On the Importance of Speech Tones” is the title of Associate Professor of English Adrian Blevin’s “Craft Tip of the Month” in the December poetry newsletter by Diane Lockward. “There are many methods and techniques for meaning more than you say,” Blevins offers, “but my favorite is to work with varying levels of diction by merging the spoken with the written.” Whether writing poetry or prose, Blevins recommends “to asphyxiate the silence with patterns and surprises or patterns of surprise or however you say it in your neck of the woods.”