Oh what a diverse li’l group we’ve got this week!
Mrs. Kessler, by Edgar Lee Masters
Read by Xe Sands
…from the Spoon River Anthology
What a fascinating collection of free-form poems! Per Wikipedia, Masters intended for the poems to “demystify the rural, small town American life. The collection includes two hundred and twelve separate characters, all providing two-hundred forty-four accounts of their lives and losses.”
And we definitely hear there come through in this particular poem, “Mrs. Kessler.” It’s both a practical accounting of her life, and a commentary on the nature of that life and the lives around her. In such a short form and with so few words, Masters said quite a bit.
Must explore this collection further…
If this snippet intrigues you, cruise to the Spoon River Anthology page at Project Gutenberg to read more: www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/1280/pg1280.html
flesh and blood story of a polymorphous angel, by Diane Haves Thomas
Read by Diane Havens
A poem from my poetry collection, “Without Makeup”. I’d written this poem in my college days as a young undergraduate, when so much becomes at once cloudy and clear, and making sense of it all is an everyday struggle.
Read by Mark Turetsky
Book 7 Chapter 9 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 deals with the fallout of Honour calling Mrs. Western ugly. Mrs. Western insists that Honour be committed to Bridewell, while Squire Western’s clerk says that he doesn’t have the power to do so. Mrs. Western insists that he does, and rather than consider that she’s right about something, Squire Western sides with his clerk. Because of this, Western lets Honour get away with nothing more than being fired. Sophia and Honour plan on meeting at midnight to make their escape, but in the meantime, Western gives his daughter a large bank note, which should prove useful.