Celebrated (part twenty-one)

Celebrated (part twenty-one)                 She had an awareness of herself, arguing at Tom with all she’d never… All Ian had never given her the chance— All she had turned over in her mind through forty years of explaining to him, making him accept her point, in mentally staged […]

An Encounter (poem)

    An Encounter   Memory teaches us data contours the planet We thought we had minds of our own and there In fiber and grit, in fountaining microbeads Unwanted papers sticking to our hands Things that mix themselves among the needed Photoprint generic family members with the better smiles Of thinner people Alba collect […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Ghost of M. Imberger (part three)

Frédéric Boutet The Ghost of M. Imberger (part three)                     “You don’t know him,” he said with conviction. “He has no interest in the world but his collections. He loves no one in the world but his wife. He has for me, who respects him as […]

Hammersmith: Epilogue (conclusion)

Hammersmith Epilogue (conclusion)           Mossbunker’s patronage had been lifted from the town of Hammersmith. Abel Bard looked at the prospect of Meadow Lane’s new houses, of all the Mossland development, hemming round the farmhouse and his father’s pastures, where he’d been putting in alfalfa… He talked to the construction foreman, who […]

The Impresario (part eleven)

    The Impresario Part Eleven   This fate invoked, Pierre avoids reprisal Lays hand on Tortu’s arm in sad rapport Doing so he slips aside and she Her face washed clean of paint, still washed in tears Yet seen through penitent’s eyes become unblemished Returns to him not knowing by what fault She has […]

Bride to Be (part three)

    Bride to Be  (three)   Why, he said to me When guests arrive and all the household Join the feast And the women, those unplighted, keep them to their couch, apart You with your eyes demure Sipping long from a single cup Watching, under lashes, mantling Changeable, like the leaves Lifted to silver […]

My Blog Week: October 6 to October 12

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   To Everything There is a Treason       I propose that America has hit the limit of opinion pieces asking, why do Trump voters stand by him? Or what […]

Of Cats and Birds (non-fiction)

  Readers, I wrote the essay below a couple of years ago, in response to the thinly supported “science” that is routinely trotted out when the subject of bird losses comes back into the news. Recently we’ve been hearing that 1/4 of the bird population is gone, which didn’t happen overnight. We haven’t been paying […]

Voodoo (poem)

    Voodoo   Big round heads and big round eyes Voodoo sisters insisting the needle through the heart Is just a prick “Oh, you’ll surely die” Closure at last “Go ahead” says the counter man “Welcome, welcome everyone” Don’t worry about the bad reception Hel-lo I’m sorry, I thought she was being a bitch […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Ghost of M. Imberger (part two)

Frédéric Boutet The Ghost of M. Imberger (part two)                 But when three o’clock passed, M. Imberger still was not there. Mme Imberger now felt worried. The guests were beginning to take their leaves. M. Imberger was punctuality itself, how had he not arrived? She told her anxiety […]