April 18, 2014

Continuing with Lawrence and original Havens this week. Enjoy!

 

Nonentity, by D.H. Lawrence

…from Look! We Have Come Through! 

Read by Xe Sands

Xe writes…

The third offering in a year-long exploration of Look! We Have Come Through! – a collection intended more as an extended story in verse than a set of individual poems.

Wow, does this ever sum it up for this week. Except I am still very much myself. Wonder how Lawrence managed to sidestep himself for a short time.

There are days when it’s simply exhausting to be ourselves…exhausting to worry about what we’ve done but cannot change, what we haven’t managed yet to do, how we feel, what we need, what others need from us.

 

 

 

Feeding Time, by Diane Havens

Read by Diane Havens

Diane writes…

Another from my collection, just released, WITHOUT MAKEUP. This poem was inspired by something a young man and woman spoke about jokingly many years ago. That woman might have been me.


 

 

 

Tom Jones Book VIII Ch 4, by Henry Fielding

Read by Diane Havens

Mark writes…

Book 8 Chapter 4 of Tom Jones.

This is part of an ongoing project in which I will record and post one chapter per week of Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones over the course of four years.

This chapter introduces the character of the humorous barber.

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April 11, 2014

It’s a poetry palooza this week, including some beautiful singing, and another multi-media piece. Enjoy!

 

Elegy, by D.H. Lawrence

…from Look! We Have Come Through! 

Read by Xe Sands

Xe writes…

The second offering in a year-long exploration of Look! We Have Come Through! – a collection intended more as an extended story in verse than a set of individual poems.

As the second poem in the collection, Elegy is most interesting when taken in context with the first poem, Moonrise. In Moonrise, there is nothing but the promise and fervor of new love. Oh how quickly things turn in Lawrence’s view (and world?), for in Elegy, the blinders are off, the bitterness has begun…and the yearning has also begun, as so evident at the very end.

 

 

 

Check Please, by Diane Havens

Read by Diane Havens

Diane writes…

I wrote the poem from which this rewritten poem comes in my early 20s, when heartbreaks come easily to a girl. Written hastily on loose leaf paper, and much longer and self-indulgent, I was able to distill its essence, and retitled it, as many years later, I was ready to move on.
From my collection WITHOUT MAKEUP.

 

 

The Shavontae Papers, by Cathleen Bailey

Read by Cathleen Bailey

Cathleen writes…

This poem is taken from my book, Wild Howling Woman.

 

 

 

 

Whistling at the Lights, by Katie Metcalfe & Projectlono

Read by Katie Metcalfe & SJForth

 

 

 

 

 

Asterisk, by Phillip Laurence Carter

Read by Phillip Laurence Carver

 

 

 

Tom Jones, Book VIII, Chapter 3, by Henry Fielding

Read by Mark Turetsky

Mark writes…

Book 8 Chapter 3 of Tom Jones.

This is part of an ongoing project in which I will record and post one chapter per week of Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones over the course of four years.

Here we have a chapter that is sure to be shocking and alienating to a modern audience: the surgeon returns to the inn, and upon learning that Tom isn’t as rich as he thought, he decides that Tom isn’t worth treating and leaves him to die.

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April 4, 2014

Spring has absolutely SPRUNG where we are! Here’s hoping that wherever this finds you, there is at least a touch of light shining for you.

For some time now, creative folks have been posting their pieces to our SoundCloud group, and while they appear in the group playlist on the Welcome page of this site, they don’t necessarily show up here. Well enough of THAT nonsense! We’ll be pulling them in good and proper as often as possible moving forward. Enjoy!

 

Let No One Thing Define You, by Diane Havens

Read by Diane Havens

Diane writes…

The most important advice I ever gave my son. Or anyone.
From my collection, WITHOUT MAKEUP.

 

 

Moornise, by D.H. Lawrence

…from Look! We Have Come Through! 

Read by Xe Sands

Xe writes…

You know, David Herbert and I have flirted with each other for 25 or so years now…I think it’s time for a full-blown, messy affair, wouldn’t you say?

Lawrence penned a collection of poems, LOOK! WE HAVE COME THROUGH! that includes several of my favorite pieces. And I thought, what better way to run this affair than through the fictional, torrid affair he describes in this poetic journey. So each week, we’ll do one or more of these, in order of their appearance in the collection.

Let us begin then, shall we?

Oh…I suppose a li’l bit of explanation of this collection would be best before we start in earnest, wouldn’t it?

Lawrence wrote Look! We Have Come Through! not as a series of separate pieces collected into a single volume, but as a threaded story, a journey of sorts. Here are his thoughts from the Foreword and The Argument, that preface the collection:

“THESE poems should not be considered separately, as so many single pieces. They are intended as an essential story, or history, or confession, unfolding one from the other in organic development, the whole revealing the intrinsic experience of a man during the crisis of manhood, when he marries and comes into himself. The period covered is, roughly, the sixth lustre of a man’s life.

After much struggling and loss in love and in the world of man, the protagonist throws in his lot with a woman who is already married. Together they go into another country, she perforce leaving her children behind. The conflict of love and hate goes on between the man and the woman, and between these two and the world around them, till it reaches some sort of conclusion, they transcend into some condition of blessedness…”

So, without further fussing, here is the first in the collection…Moonrise.

 

 

 

Faint Hunger, by Katie Metcalfe & Projectlono

Multimedia poetry piece by Katie Metcalfe & Projectlono

 

 

 

 

Ironic Poem About Prostitution, by George Orwell

Read by Jay Gould

 

 

 

 

Scar Tissue, by Phillip Laurence Carter

 

Phillip writes…
A short story about self harm

 

 

 

Hamlet…To Be Or Not To Be (Act 3, Scene 1), by William Shakespeare

Multimedia piece by Rabbi K. Poetry & Music

 

 

 

 

Tom Jones, Book VIII, Chapter 2, by Henry Fielding

Read by Mark Turetsky

Mark writes…

Book 8 Chapter 2 of Tom Jones.

This is part of an ongoing project in which I will record and post one chapter per week of Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones over the course of four years.

This chapter involves the innkeeper playing a game of flattery and cold reading in order to elicit a fat tip from Tom Jones. She tells him how great he is, how great Sophia is, and basically agrees to everything he says. Until, that is, Tom reveals that he has no money, at which point she leaves his room and tells him to ask someone else if he needs anything.

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March 28, 2014

Oh we are *just* getting this in under the wire this week…I blame the exuberance of SPRING! (erm, and deadlines…they might have a wee bit to do with it)

 

 

The Dream, by Edna St. Vincent Millay

 

Read by Xe Sands

Xe writes…

This one goes out to my stepmother. I wish her some peace.

Image credit: “Day 21 – Empty Beds” by Ciaran McGuiggan, licensed under Creative Commons 2.0

 

 

 

Happy Birthday, by Diane Havens

Read by Diane Havens

Diane writes…

I often look through my mother’s old family albums, and it surprises me that some moments I recall vividly without having the photo trigger but still it is as the remembrance of a dream . Other times, it’s like looking at someone else entirely, among strangers, and it baffles me that I could ever have really been there.
This short poem, like a tiny black and white photograph, from my collection, WITHOUT MAKEUP.

 

 

Piano, by D.H. Lawrence

Read by Jay Gould

 

 

 

Tom Jones, Book VIII, Chapter 1, by Henry Fielding

Read by Mark Turetsky

Mark writes…

Book 8 Chapter 1 of Tom Jones.

This is part of an ongoing project in which I will record and post one chapter per week of Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones over the course of four years.

We’ve made it all the way to Book 8! As always, the first chapter of this book is a discursive, or “prolegomenous” chapter. In it, Fielding discusses what he calls the marvelous, or what we’d call the fantastical. He makes subtle arguments of the place of the fantastical, the improbable, and the implausible in classic fiction, poetry, and modern fiction.

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March 21, 2014

Happy Spring, Everyone! Spring is definitely in the air, even if our hearts are a bit slow on the uptake…

Album, by Diane Havens

Read by Diane Havens

Diane writes…

I often look through my mother’s old family albums, and it surprises me that some moments I recall vividly without having the photo trigger but still it is as the remembrance of a dream . Other times, it’s like looking at someone else entirely, among strangers, and it baffles me that I could ever have really been there.
This short poem, like a tiny black and white photograph, from my collection, WITHOUT MAKEUP.

 

The Enkindled Spring, by D.H. Lawrence

Read by Xe Sands

Xe writes…

Poetry is perfect for this – when how you feel cannot be reconciled with the world around you, its general mood. Today is the first day of spring, the Spring Equinox, a day of perfect balance, a straight-up light-increasing, joy-inducing confirmation of life in general.

And yet, inside, I feel as if I’m barely thawing. Isn’t it still January? Has my father really been gone for over three months? How did time move this quickly and I didn’t even notice…more importantly, how do I catch up? Maybe I can call a spiritual taxi…

Lawrence, bless him, speaks to this disconnect beautifully. And that I rediscovered this poem today is no accident. All things in their own time, and as you need them.

Image credit: © Copyright Pam Brophy and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

A Nameless Grave, by H.W. Longfellow

Read by Jay Gould

 

Tom Jones, Book VII, Chapter 15, by Henry Fielding

Read by Mark Turetsky

Mark writes…

Book 7 Chapter 15 of Tom Jones.

This is part of an ongoing project in which I will record and post one chapter per week of Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones over the course of four years.

The thrilling* conclusion to Book 7! So, it turns out that Northerton was not, in fact, brought down to Hell, as we may have wildly concluded from last week’s chapter, but instead spent the night with the innkeeper. He climbed up the chimney and met with her, and that’s why he wasn’t in his holding room when Tom went to duel him. There then follows a bit of comedy between two servants, when Tom begins ringing his bell. Neither of the servants thinks it’s their job to answer the bell, so the Lieutenant goes to meet Tom. Tom exonerates the sentry who thought he was a ghost, and the lieutenant tells Tom they’ll be leaving, and that he should rest and recuperate before attempting to follow them.

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