Now to Steal (poem)

    Now to Steal    His legatees can’t feel In the moment they are disowned Can’t themselves waste-binned A thread of white tape unwound from the screws A stain sinking iron back to intimacy For a heaven’s afternoon in unfilled pockets Of its first home   There has only been A daughter’s daughter Lightly […]

Boat Rentals (poem)

    Boat Rentals   She tilts up a shutter Her cart is cereal-box proportioned Plywood corners puff like biscuits Coated flyspecks score like nail tips   She issues metal tokens Her hair Grey with a cast of butter Lanking it iridescent like an abalone The bones say pretty met misfortune   Hours of commerce […]

Cartoon Stories: More from the Idea File

Cartoon Stories More from the Idea File       Cartoons are sight gags, basically (unless they’re walk-and-talk strips, as much of Calvin and Hobbes). Below, like last week, whimsy, with a mini-sitcom, and a touch of existentialism.     Lobbying for a Special Interest. Who wouldn’t cheer the fighting spirit of the poor lobster […]

My Blog Week: March 29 to April 4

All the Latest from Torsade!                             News! I’m up to the last couple of passages, soon to have finished the first draft…in short, I’ll be posting a Southern Gothic ghost story for you, in the summertime. Meanwhile, above, art for The Mirrors, […]

Eight: Milieu (poetry series)

    Milieu   You like and you don’t like Thin chances but first to subtract aplomb A fellow’s duty done Subtract an unobstructed view and brace Like Dr. Bellows dressed In oilskins, your slumbering other self Can’t help but help Be national interviewee miked and lensed Smooth criminal’s aileron roll on hurricane winds A […]

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

The Totem-Maker Chapter Seven The Recalcitrant One (part eight)           Now as with many walled cities…as with Monsecchers, I had once mentioned…here were tunnels having secret openings, passages where a single body might squeeze between jagged rocks, or wriggle free among tangled roots. And watches would not be set over these […]

Frédéric Boutet: Hypnotism (part two)

Frédéric Boutet Mystery Hypnotism (part two)                             These passes worried Lydie, for his fingers with each gesture threatened her eyes. She closed her lids and did not open them again. “Do you sleep?” he asked, thrilled by such great success. “Lydie sleeps.” […]

What Would I Do (poem)

    What Would I Do   I, what would I You’ve come to such a jaded heart Asking participation Modern in your diction saying Join the conversation You talk of people in their shells But watch them leave the trenches Watch them start and dart the salvo Find they’ve grown the legs of a […]

Fortune (poem)

    Fortune   I was a hired paw to rid the land of vermin I was not idle as accused Nor so important as to be The plague and not her servant Her vector stirred among the coverlets Ricocheting with her whispers Into willing ears and lodging Under eyelids bringing tears My Hearer, it […]

Cartoon Stories: Whims Brought to Life

Cartoon Stories Whims Brought to Life         One category of humor cartoons are especially adapted to; and that, outside of skit comedy, can’t well be communicated to an audience (skits, requiring some minimum length, may also labor the joke), is this sort of idea we all have, little whimsies that take off […]