Well ready or not (last week was an emphatic NOT), it’s 2014! So let’s start the year off with some poignant original poetry from Diane Havens, a disconcerting yet compelling story from Kathryn Morrill…and some comic relief from Tom Jones.
Hollow Bones, by Kathryn Morrill
Read by Xe Sands
Recorded with permission of publisher and author.
Earlier this week, caught mention of “Hollow Bones,” and was immediately drawn into this disconcerting, visceral snippet of a story. It gave me that delicious and cold feeling in my gut that all such affecting stories do. The kind that suck you in like a dream, make you part of them…so that her limbs become your limbs, and his bed becomes your bed – and you can almost hear the jay screaming in the tree outside your own window, and you know that if you glance sideways, quickly, your lover’s face will be her lover’s face, the wrong face.
I thrive on stories that can do that – cause you to experience them as you read and make it so you have to work to remember who are when you’re done.
For me, this is one of those stories.
Now a word about the fabulous WhiskeyPaper...
I first became aware the awesomeness that is the online literary magazine WhiskeyPaper while recording “Cold, Sweet Grapes,” by Leesa Cross-Smith, co-founder and editor of the mag. Since then, I’ve paid keen attention to mention of WhiskeyPaper stories as they fly by in my tweet stream. I was very fortunate to have caught wind of this one, and honored that both publisher and author allowed me to voice it.
Lines, by Diane Havens
Read by Diane Havens
Life draws lines upon us, some deeply etched.
This, and other work by poets Fiona Malkin, Stephanie Mesler, Andrew Feathers and Rittvika Sigh, recognized by poet Cathleen Bailey’s Insistent Light Poetry Competition:http://cathleenbailey.weebly.com/insistent-light-poetry-competition.html
Tom Jones, Book VII, Chapter 4, by Henry Fielding
Read by Mark Turetsky
Book 7 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 week’s chapter contains the first reference to the late Mrs. Western, Sophia’s mother. It also paints a picture of just why Squire Western is such a bitter man. He and his wife didn’t love each other, as the product of a financially motivated marriage. He treated her as a servant and guarded her jealously, denying her a trip to London. And while he loves Sophia more than anything, he’s transferred this jealousy to her.