It’s a poetry palooza this week, including some beautiful singing, and another multi-media piece. Enjoy!
Elegy, by D.H. Lawrence
…from Look! We Have Come Through!
Read by Xe Sands
The second offering in a year-long exploration of Look! We Have Come Through! – a collection intended more as an extended story in verse than a set of individual poems.
As the second poem in the collection, Elegy is most interesting when taken in context with the first poem, Moonrise. In Moonrise, there is nothing but the promise and fervor of new love. Oh how quickly things turn in Lawrence’s view (and world?), for in Elegy, the blinders are off, the bitterness has begun…and the yearning has also begun, as so evident at the very end.
Check Please, by Diane Havens
Read by Diane Havens
I wrote the poem from which this rewritten poem comes in my early 20s, when heartbreaks come easily to a girl. Written hastily on loose leaf paper, and much longer and self-indulgent, I was able to distill its essence, and retitled it, as many years later, I was ready to move on.
From my collection WITHOUT MAKEUP.
The Shavontae Papers, by Cathleen Bailey
Read by Cathleen Bailey
This poem is taken from my book, Wild Howling Woman.
Whistling at the Lights, by Katie Metcalfe & Projectlono
Read by Katie Metcalfe & SJForth
Asterisk, by Phillip Laurence Carter
Read by Phillip Laurence Carver
Tom Jones, Book VIII, Chapter 3, by Henry Fielding
Read by Mark Turetsky
Book 8 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.
Here we have a chapter that is sure to be shocking and alienating to a modern audience: the surgeon returns to the inn, and upon learning that Tom isn’t as rich as he thought, he decides that Tom isn’t worth treating and leaves him to die.