You know what I can't abide? The "poetry voice." That stagey, reverential, monotonous tone used by (most) people reading poetry aloud. We might also call it the "NPR voice." Nothing ruins a nice collection of words carefully chosen quite like hearing them spoken as if to an easily frightened child, or a jackrabbit about to bolt. Beats and spitters amp it up a bit, but even they, it seems, can't help using that tone of voice.