Cartoon Stories: Critters

Cartoon Stories Critters         A few sentient beings from a older-person’s storybook world.         Vermiculture. No lightweight larva of literary lore.        A Matter of Policy. Rabbits will freeze in place when a hawk circles…       A Place for Everyone. Peaceful coexistence, while meditating on […]

My Blog Week: May 17 to May 23

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   Avoirdupois         I personally have fat cred. I was heavy enough in the 90s that I made jeans from overalls, cutting the bib off, and using the […]

The Blurbs (poem)

    The Blurbs   A flight from personal tragedy brings Trey Michaelson to Wetheringdale Farm, with its eccentric collection of healers and seekers. Here she meets journalist Royce Beardsley, a Wethering descendent, who keeps a two-hundred-year-old secret. An afternoon on the bridle path leads to a sealed well-head, and a grim discovery.   Kinley […]

Eight: The Dispensing (poetry series)

    The Dispensing   Is the person, as such, pleasing   In ways, does the person please, and in ways offend If the good were scissored free from, we will say, four inferior samplings Sleeve, bodice, skirt, stitched, with a neat, tooth-to-tooth intermeshing Of their pinked edging We should be left to ask, part […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Faker (complete)

Frédéric Boutet Tales The Faker (complete)                       The man stood haggard, still gripping the knife. He was in a sordid hotel room, the dead girl stretched at his feet, a dark pool oozing from her open throat. He had found her working the boulevard Sébastopol. […]

Lonely in Its Reckoning: Seventh German Spy

    The Folly The German Spy     Lonely in Its Reckoning   Agnes justified on the day of her promotion The old women to her sister’s marriage filing The church gained down pitched channels Mostly arid, stepped by feast and famine Fiery sky…and flood Fiery sky And flood again    neighbours dressed in veils […]

The Mirrors (part one)

        The Mirrors   i.     The odd-job man, today walking the yard setting mole traps. He unbent his back when Charmante called out, “Hey!” The front parlor the same as every day, the chimneypiece and its stony odor, white sheers damping sunlight; the temperature, never mind the bloomed camellias flanking […]

lie of a lucky meeting (poem)

    lie of a lucky meeting   when the banqueters were invited to the theatre the room reminiscent in décor wallboard smoked-white studded each six feet with phone jacks cardboard curtains stiff-flocked as a Christmas box of Scotch, Season’s Greetings, a shade called ruby blush threading carpet humped in heavy traffic spots commercial rugging […]

My Blog Week: May 10 to May 16

All the Latest from Torsade!                 This week, between gardening and nuisance headaches, I didn’t get enough drawing done, so here’s an older cartoon, some nostalgia for what everyone was watching and obsessing on last year, more or less at this time. (For no good reason, I gave […]

Eight: Doctrine (poetry series)

    Doctrine   They said there was a sage and revered man Who for his vows spoke never, but did chant The psalms, his mien aloft of earthly cares And soul among the blessed…this was known A bird of fields, he, counted it a break with God A deeper thing than ordinary sin To […]