Another anniversary month post, so of course we have some David Herbert on tap…along with original poetry from our own Diane Havens, some Lise McClendon and of course, Tom Jones!
When All the World Is Liquid , by Diane Havens
Read by Diane Havens
A poem for the end of summer. And other ends.
birds with frantic
make hurried plans
to flee this place
where summer ends
the ground browns
leaves leave bare the sky
if and when you come
again my love
I promise to forget
that summers end
I had the honor of narrating BLACKBIRD FLY by Lise McClendon a few years ago. I follow her blog, and I came across this poem that she wrote, which knocked me out! Being a voracious , reader as well as an audiobook narrator, the words and images spoke to my heart and soul. Ms. McClendon is a fabulous author (Lisemcclendon.com), and I was thrilled when she said I could put this out in the world of audio!
Pentecostal, by D.H. Lawrence
Read by Xe Sands
Holy mother of All, but this poem pierces me, and I cannot entirely tell you why. It’s one of those poems that I don’t even fully understand when I look at it directly…or a piece comes through and another doesn’t. Next time I read it, I’d bet that another piece will shake loose, while one I always understood slips away.
And yes. It rhymes. DON’T JUDGE ME!
Tom Jones – Book 6, Chapter 2, by Henry Fielding
Read by Mark Turetsky
Book 6 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 week, we learn about Mrs. Western, Squire Western’s sister and Sophia’s aunt. First off, she’s described as having a great intelligence and learning, though seeming mannish in her appearance. Coupled with what we know of Squire Western’s appearance, I’m guessing Sophia takes after her mother more than anyone else. Mrs. Western is well-read, and well-connected at court, and views her Country Bumpkin of a brother with some condescension.
However, she’s almost entirely blind in the ways of love, as is her brother. She decides, based on Sophia’s reaction to the fight scene at the end of Book V, that Sophia must be in love with Blifil. Of course, marrying Blifil would join together the Allworthy and Western estates and fortunes, which serves as a motivation for Mrs. Western’s reasoning. Anyway, Squire Western loves the idea, and can’t wait to propose the marriage to Squire Allworthy.
Also, this book is said to contain the action of about three weeks. I wonder if that covers the fortnight which passes in the background of this chapter.