September 20, 2013

Since last week’s post released so very late, we’re including last week’s pieces here, in addition to this week’s offerings – think of it as a Going Public bonus!

This week, we’ve got some lovely, fall-appropriate Frost, a bit of suspense/horror flash fiction, and of course, our own Tom Jones. From last week, modern poetry from Diane Havens and Lise McClendon, a smidge of Lawrence, and of course, Tom Jones. Enjoy!


Have You Noticed the Children, by Lobotomy Bob & Six Minute Story

Read by Xe Sands

Xe  writes…

Recorded under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0

Was looking for something short that packed a punch (that wasn’t Amy Lowell this time, LOL) and figured I’d check out Six Minute Story, which I admit I’ve been neglecting lately.

Stumbled fairly quickly on this little bit of horror and felt that lovely “click” when a piece resonates. It’s a simple but evocative piece, communicated everything that came before and will likely come after this conversation in just 154 words. Impressive.




After Apple Picking , by Robert Frost

Read by Diane Havens

Diane writes…

A perfect poem upon which to ponder as summer turns to fall. An early poem by Robert Frost, and one that brings to mind the more well known “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.”



Tom Jones – Book 6, Chapter 3, by Henry Fielding

Read by Mark Turetsky

Mark  writes…

Book 6 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.

Well, it looks like things between Sophia and Blifil are moving along swiftly, or at least Squire Western seems to think so. It seems that Mrs. Western has been hinting to Sophia that she knows her to be in love with a certain young man who lives the next estate over. Of course, Sophia is worried that Mrs. Western is on to her love for Tom, and so she starts acting nicer to Blifil and ignoring Tom, in order to throw her aunt off the scent. Of course, Mrs. Blifil then becomes suspicious of this overcompensation, as she sees it, and begins to suspect something is up. Squire Western, however, is completely oblivious, and proposes the marriage to Squire Allworthy. Allworth is overjoyed to hear about the proposed match, but will only consent if the young couple agrees, and is in love. Western takes this as a slight on his authority, and becomes upset.

Also, Hogarth’s poet is mentioned in this chapter. That would be his image of The Distres’t Poet, pictured here in oil.

…and from last week’s LATE posting (again, my apologies):

Rides a Black and White Horse , by Lise McClendon

Read by Denice Stradling

Denice writes…

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 (, and I was thrilled when she said I could put this out in the world of audio!



When All the World Is Liquid , by Diane Havens

Read by Diane Havens

Diane writes…

A poem for the end of summer. And other ends.

summer’s end

birds with frantic
frenzied chirps
make hurried plans
to flee this place
where summer ends
berries redden
the ground browns
seeds fall
leaves leave bare the sky

if and when you come
again my love
I promise to forget
that summers end



Pentecostal, by D.H. Lawrence

Read by Xe Sands

Xe  writes…

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

Mark  writes…

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.

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