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

The Totem-Maker Chapter Eight Crafter Becomes Maker (part three)             Wosogo gave me his two hands. I did not miss, in greeting him, the old man’s signal to the cook. Angry a bit with me, she had laid the table and ordered the lunch be spread…a tray of roast fowl, […]

My Blog Week: July 5 to July 11

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   Praise be       New books on the man in the White House, aside from the much-anticipated title from his niece, arriving this week, are a satirical novel by […]

Excerpt: A Figure from the Common Lot (Battlefront)

A Figure from the Common Lot Battlefront (three)         Three men, uniformed, sat watching the byplay between Gouin and Tweedloe; and Gouin, seeing them lift their heads, lifted his chin. With a quelling air of duty, he jerked his shoulder from the finger Tweedloe rested there. Disregarding protocol both social and military, […]

Eight: Withholding (poetry series)

    Withholding   What is the act of picturing, given in imperative What is useless while pitiless while infectious Or the opposite of good What is the consequence of forked currents and stoppered things uncapped What is the doghead to the loud man’s fingersnap What is the faith that errand runners get their tips […]

Frédéric Boutet: A Thief (complete)

Frédéric Boutet Tales A Thief (complete)                         It was after midnight. M. Fallaire, wearing his mauve pajamas, stretched himself in his armchair by his bedroom window. He smoked a cigar. The blind was lowered and the lamp extinguished, and in the darkness he sat […]

Excerpt: A Figure from the Common Lot (Peas in a Pod)

A Figure from the Common Lot Chapter Three Peas in a Pod (part four)                   They sat on Mrs. Purfoy’s stoop. Soon, Thomas would be dispatched to tell them she did not like them doing so; that tenants had no privilege to loiter before the premises, making […]

The Mirrors (part eight)

The Mirrors (part eight)                             He let this trail. He was amiable; he expected her to sympathize. “You’d have to…” She heard her voice cut out, her throat dry. “Tell me the name. I was hired by Mr. Rothesay, whether you like […]

Yoharie: Because Society (part two)

Yoharie Because Society (part two)             She was at the Oakbrook mall, the single customer of Bernadette’s. Behind the glass case Bernadette culled crimped-paper holders, empty éclair oblongs, doughnut rounds; fixing cards under trays: Half-Price! BOGO! The same thing. Bernadette, which one do they go for? Giarma didn’t ask, and […]

My Blog Week: June 28 to July 4

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   The Bobbing Cork     Suppose you attend a gathering, and there are ninety-nine other people in your seating section, some wearing masks, some not. Some yell and sing, some […]

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 […]