Excerpt: A Figure from the Common Lot (Jerome)

A Figure from the Common Lot Book Two: 1876                                             “We have no need of plans. You are quite right, Jerome. Our lives progress under the watchful eye of a benign intelligence, and we […]

Eight: Picking Brains (poetry series)

    Picking Brains [sowing paranoia]   Why are you here? The silence extends. Though silence, in interview via teletype is contempt, confusion, thoughtfulness Thoughts of…what’s it mean, why really am I? How do I work this thing, is it some kind of setup Equipment breakdown, line traffic, any of those What is your name? […]

Frédéric Boutet: Madame Paul (complete)

Frédéric Boutet Tales Madame Paul (complete)                             “Two-thirty, dammit. I’ll have to get on with my rounds. Goodbye, Madame Paul.” “Goodbye, Monsieur Morin.” The customer, a traveling salesman who’d stopped to refresh himself, paid for his beer, returned to his car and […]

Dark Humour: Twelfth Battle Stations

    The Folly Battle Stations         Dark Humour   But, if I may, the chap…who calls himself Peters (He notes Llewellyn find in this no subtle Hunnish wit. Peters in manner terribly Hansel, a-dropping of his breadcrumbs… Another glance…no. The new man has been guilty of imitating Peters at his club. […]

The Mirrors (part seven)

The Mirrors (part seven)                             “Hey, now! Who you brung, Charmante?” “Hey, Mrs. Parkins! This is William Wright.” And since it was no use holding back, she added, ushering him onto Esta’s porch: “He does the odd jobs for Mr. Rothesay.” Chopped […]

The Totem-Maker: Crafter Becomes Maker (part two)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Eight Crafter Becomes Maker (part two)             Noakale kept me at her side during those days the suitor and his entourage filtered into Lord Ei’s establishment. She was certain of her strength, quite untroubled by the loftiness of Jute and Darsale. United the sisters were in this; […]

My Blog Week: June 21 to June 27

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   The Granny Economy     It’s worth considering that this time last year—in fact, a few months ago this year—however hot-buttoned the GOP fringers were, they hadn’t thought of getting […]

The Day You Were Born (poem)

    The Day You Were Born   Cock an ear, your master’s voice, drip or pebble Distracting drumbeat, or is it heads-up Heads-up, Dodge Ball You can be the smart one, saw this coming When the world was blind You can find yourself at the center of a bridge A rope bridge, working itself […]

Eight: Abnormalizing (poetry series)

    Abnormalizing   Should Dr. Comus mount to the podium Begged before he dies, of a valediction, lightning-bolted by the gaze When freed as angels his victims anneal him And words break out, in patterns of revealing His ilk, his false-named friends, a younger colleague A theoretician, but a go-getter, they turn them out […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Edge (complete)

Frédéric Boutet Tales The Edge (complete)                             “Toto! Stay still while I wash your face! And you, Jules, will you hold your little sister properly, or else…that’s all I have to say! And Louise! Put on your stockings. Do not have your […]