AuthorEvan Robertson

Episode 8: The Need of Being Versed in Country Things by Robert Frost

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The Need of Being Versed in Country Things
by Robert Frost

The house had gone to bring again
To the midnight sky a sunset glow.
Now the chimney was all of the house that stood,
Like a pistil after the petals go.

The barn opposed across the way,
That would have joined the house in flame
Had it been the will of the wind, was left
To bear forsaken the place’s name.

No more it opened with all one end
For teams that came by the stony road
To drum on the floor with scurrying hoofs
And brush the mow with the summer load.

The birds that came to it through the air
At broken windows flew out and in,
Their murmur more like the sigh we sigh
From too much dwelling on what has been.

Yet for them the lilac renewed its leaf,
And the aged elm, though touched with fire;
And the dry pump flung up an awkward arm;
And the fence post carried a strand of wire.

For them there was really nothing sad.
But though they rejoiced in the nest they kept,
One had to be versed in country things
Not to believe the phoebes wept.

Episode 4: A Reading of The Raven

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A reading of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven, by Obvious State Co-founder Evan Robertson.

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Prufrock Playlist

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A little playlist to get you in a Prufrock state of mind (that should perhaps come with a warning?). It’s chock-full of procrastinators, self-sabotagers, oddballs and would-be romantics. We actually heard from Mr. J. Alfred Prufrock (Al to his friends), and he was seriously considering making a mix himself, but then thought better of it. He tells us that our mix is a little on the upbeat side for his taste, but he does appreciate the effort.

Have a great suggestion? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll add it to to the playlist! We’d love for this to be a collaboration.

Enjoy!