Special Halloween Edition

Very special Going Public – two TWO pieces of Poe to share!

The Raven, by Edgar Allen Poe
Read by Xe Sands

Xe writes…

This ain’t your Vincent Price raven, my friends – no! For those who have not heard my rather feverish rant about rhyming poetry, suffice it to say that I have an aversion to rhyming that rivals a child’s aversion to broccoli. And yet…and yet, in discussing this poem with my daughter and disagreeing with the traditional reading of it, I realized that there is a whole different way to approach The Raven – as a STORY.

For that’s really what it is, isn’t it? A sad unfortunate soul, plagued by anguish over a lost love (child, lover, wife, sister or…), after suffering additional torment at the “beak” of a “prophet, thing of evil,” tells her or his story to us. S/he is a storyteller, not an orator.

So here, for your amusement on this lovely holiday, I present my interpretation of The Raven. Of course, some rhyming would be foolish to avoid, so fear not you lovers of the rhyme – there is still enough here to tickle your feathered fancy.

The Tell-Tale Heart, by Edgar Allen Poe
Read by Xe Sands

Xe writes…

I haven’t revisited this story since I was a teen…and was surprised by how inaccurate my memory was. More than a piece of horror, it remains a study in madness…how the seemingly harmless (a heightened sense of sound, for example) can slowly drive a person to and over the brink of madness – that they will eventually do anything to bring relief.

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