Oh my. It’s been far too long! Just been extraordinarily busy with work, and while I adore my job and am grateful every single day that I get paid do this wonderful thing (reading books aloud for money? What could possibly top that? Did I mention that I can work in my jammies?), it does mean that when the workload demands long days and longer weeks, many other things have to take a backseat.
So! Let’s see what we’ve got to share this week, shall we?
Number 3 on the Docket, by Amy Lowell
Read by Xe Sands
Amy Lowell just has this way of storytelling, whether with poems such as this one, which, like Frost’s Home Burial, is designed as a story, rather than a poem, or any of her more traditional poetry. She can be extremely concise, or descriptive, but either way, there is always a resonance. This piece, from Lowell’s Men, Women and Ghosts collection, gets at themes of isolation, loss of control, and how that can have drastic and unintended consequences.
Read by O+ Poetess & Femcee
a nod to a dear friend and inspirational poet Daniel Summerhill author of Brown Boys on Stoops over Soldier- Erykah Badu Instrumental. “This poem is not to play the pity game….My tongue is metaphor for celebration. An ode to existing”
Remnant, by ProjectLono
Performed by ProjectLono
The Mountaintop @MartinLutherKing
Performed by DanleMiel
Martin Luther King’s last speech! Accompanied with an excellent video clip.
Rose of the World, adapted from George MacDonald
Read by theshadowlands
My poetic rendering of George MacDonald’s short story “The Wise Woman”
—Rose Of the World—
This other country, was also strange
Every sheperd and sheperdess within range
Every dairymaid and laborer seen
Were no wiser than the king and queen
So odd, how people from either land
Of higher position and lower stand
All thinking Somebody important they be
All blind to other worthy souls to see
The sheperd girl also was also to grow
Thinking she Somebody was all there was to know
So strange that everything of pleasure to soul or eye
Nothing in this country could satisfy
So odd, no contentment there to be
Only striving with misery
Of things they would never possess
Vain pursuits with all the stress
Meanwhile, in the land of royal fame
Princess Rosamond, would be her name
She like a single, royal flag unfurled
Her name to mean-Rose of the World
Her little heart so ever wanting
Her strivings ever daunting
Beyond measure, what she would desire
More than the kingdom entire
Her parents many her desires to meet
Still left feeling incomplete
To lavish her heart and vainly festoon
I dare say, she even desired to have the moon…(-bc)
The Tell-Tale Heart, by Edgar Allan Poe
Read by Nate Daniels
Tom Jones, Book XIV, Chapter 4, by Henry Fielding
Read by Mark Turetsky
Book 14 Chapter 4 of Tom Jones.
Well, here is the final chapter of year three of my four year project! Normally, I’d like to post stats about precisely how much audio I’ve posted for the chapter, but unfortunately, SoundCloud doesn’t show you how long your playlists are anymore, which makes me sad. And since the raw audio is split up among a ton of different directories on a few backup drives, it’s tough to compute it on my own.
Anyway, in this chapter, Nightingale tells Tom that he’s afraid Nancy, Mrs. Miller’s daughter, might be in love with him, and so he’s leaving the boarding house that very day. On top of that, Nightingale’s father has arrived with the woman he’s to marry, so he needs to focus on that now.
Did I mention in previous chapter recaps that Stanley Kubrick used a character named Nightingale to get a character into a private masquerade in his film Eyes Wide Shut? So there’s a definite Tom Jones influence there.
Tom Jones, Book XIV, Chapter 5, by Henry Fielding
Read by Mark Turetsky
Book 14 Chapter 5 of Tom Jones.
In this chapter, we learn the history of Mrs. Miller. It turns out she’s had a terrible life, but Squire Allworthy took pity on her in her darkest hour and gave her the house in London where she and her daughters currently live. Therefore, she’s quiet willing to put up with most of what Tom gets up to, since she knows of his connection to the Squire.