March 7, 2014

OK first of all, who let March in…and where did February go? I thought she was just running out for some milk..
So this week, more beautiful original poetry from Diane Havens, new contributor Jay Gould is back, a bit of surreal microfiction from and of course, Tom Jones. Enjoy!

What a Crumbling Mask, by Lighty &

Read by Xe Sands

Xe writes…

A while ago, I recorded “Oh-So-Real-Me,” by Lighty (posted at, not realizing until this morning that Lighty went on to write several follow-ups to this bit of microfiction…and they are slowly creating a context, a lush backstory and foreshadowing of what we all know to be the outcome of this tragic tale. “What a Crumbling Mask” is the second in the series. But even side-stepping the myth that seems to be emerging, there is a broader concept speaking from within this unfolding tale…the longing for release, no matter the cost. The agonizing internal struggle between what is “right” and what is “desired.” And in this case, I have to ask: why is what others want more important than what this narrator needs? Why is their need to contain, to keep, to grasp, more “right” that the narrator’s need to flee, to fly…to be gone?

I don’t have an answer. 

Image credit:   debaird, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Legend, by Diane Havens

Read by Diane Havens

Diane writes…

This poem, written in my younger years, is included in my collection WITHOUT MAKEUP (Mary Celeste Press, April 2014). In compiling the selections to be included, I was flooded with visceral memories of emotion, thoughts of people I hadn’t thought about in many years, and most importantly, remembering the girl I was, which is always a part of the woman I am.


The Lockless Door, by Robert Frost

Read by Jay Gould


Tom Jones, Book VII, Chapter 13, by Henry Fielding

Read by Mark Turetsky

Mark writes…

Book 7 Chapter 13 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.

In this chapter, we get a landlady who won’t believe that Tom is in the right, a doctor who won’t give a straight answer, and a lieutenant whose definition of Christianity takes a back seat to his definition of honor.

The lieutenant in this chapter is a man of over 60, who served under the Duke of Marlborough himself. The first Duke of Marlborough, the one mentioned in this chapter, is John Churchill, the son of Sir Winston Churchill (no, not that one!) and ancestor to Sir Winston Churchill (yes, that one!). Marlborough was one of the most successful military leaders of his day, taking part in the Glorious Revolution, the Monmouth Rebellion, and so much more (visit your local library!).

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