Frédéric Boutet: The Birthmark (complete)

Frédéric Boutet A Few Blackmails The Birthmark (complete)                       “Watch the road…if anyone comes,” ordered the blind man, a meagre fellow without age, wrapped in a macintosh the color of dust. Through a hole in the hedge where they’d hidden themselves, the youth who accompanied […]

Wonderfully Made (poem)

    Wonderfully Made   The psalmist makes good report of himself God sighs that the trick of vision could not be worked When the heavy-brained article came to move and apprehend He had hoped praise, in parlance, would mean humility But what do things mean? It has feet to carry it here and there […]

Cartoon Stories: Depends on the Drawing

Cartoon Stories Depends on the Drawing         The artistic style of cartoons can be very simple. In a lot of cases the success of the panel depends on the joke. I’ve read that some professionals draw their art and hire writers for the punchlines. But here are a few, two matured in […]

Turtle Island (part four)

    Turtle Island   iv.   Great movements of the Banda Arc Have stirred this little-reckoned peak The Corinth for a contrary tide Carried helpless and far asea Sunset across a morning sky A column boils heaven-high An avalanche shoreward blanketing Treetops engulfing, all left whited A mainsail torn from the mast…this cloud Lays […]

My Blog Week: February 9 to February 15

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   Of Primary Concern           A curious thing about the Democratic primary/caucuses. Bernie Sanders has been winning the popular vote. (He’ll probably lose to Biden in South […]

Canned Peas (poem)

    Canned Peas   Sun and Earth have never cared For our conceptions We mark our days Of revolution and rotation Plant our fields in rows of linearity Productivity from an inch of topsoil Once regarded solid land as value Pulverized ten shades of yellow From the residue of coal and gas Trucked away […]

The Totem-Maker: The Recalcitrant One (part three)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Seven The Recalcitrant One (part three)           His society was nine days the thorn in my side. Under his eye that first night I put away the coins, shaking them into a chest, a disposition I mistrusted. Their embossments and metals were not the same…logic suggested different meanings. […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Amateur (conclusion)

Frédéric Boutet A Few Blackmails The Amateur (conclusion)                             “But I tell you I’m not a thief!” moaned Marcel. “Oh! Enough of jokes,” interrupted the jeweler wearily. “Your story! Isn’t it plain? Caught with your hand in the bag…why the dear little […]

A Body Surfaces: Eighth Battle Stations

    The Folly Battle Stations         A Body Surfaces   Adamson discovers that a lifetime of choler Well-trodden ways from whiffs of cheek and bother To the full-blown stack of outrage Sackings, threats of action Can’t well prepare one for enormity akin To a magazine’s explosion ‘No one at home! No […]

Yoharie: What It Takes to Fly (part four)

Yoharie What It Takes to Fly (part four)             So, of all possible things for a birthday treat, big greasy grilled burgers, raspberry coffees topped with mounds of whipped cream, she craved gas station food. Not per se…a grocery fine, and if she found one sooner, she’d grab her list. […]