All Bedlam Courses Past (part twenty-eight)

          All Bedlam Courses Past   Chapter Two Avarice Creeping On (part twenty-eight)         “They are on the stage, so I discount whatever name Monsieur gives…but it is for today, Allen. She is Madame.” “Christ Jiminy!” Allen barked. “Get on, mister, or don’t! Beau! Take up!” Gilbert offered […]

All Bedlam Courses Past (part twenty-seven)

          All Bedlam Courses Past   Chapter Two Avarice Creeping On (part twenty-seven)         Assisted by the lapel, Gilbert stumbled from his seat, sounding syllables. He shook his head, confident enough. The cabby smacked a palm. The costly Lecomte was discovered in conversation with a woman…her head the […]

All Bedlam Courses Past (part twenty-six)

          All Bedlam Courses Past   Chapter Two Avarice Creeping On (part twenty-six)         Gilbert had counted out twenty dollars in coin, surely a mad sum, but his hope for Lecomte (in truth, for Honoré’s sake), was that he make his way north, the treasured protégé of someone… […]

My Blog Week: March 12 to March 18

All the Latest from Torsade!                                   On Monday, All Bedlam Courses Past, Madame Sartain visiting her embassy. On Tuesday, a new episode of “The Enemy”, with Palma and Sulya mooting scenarios for Jocelyn’s demise. Friday, a poem reissue, “Clarify […]

Four-leaf clover (poem)

      Four-leaf clover   When she’s dead they’ll clothe her False to claim they’d known her In a room of duty saving hours of light Mothballs give a church scent Skirt-clad hips span bench lengths She slips indoors alive   Why is it not yet over? Holdouts dare suppose her Likelier than they […]

Catastrophe (part forty-two)

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (part forty-two)                          Warning! Today’s Catastrophe contains a graphic photo that may disturb some readers.               XXYII Interview with Doctor Lherminier   The wounded and their care. Their burns. The state […]

Clarify Me Anointer (poem)

      Clarify Me Anointer   clarified lay the becoming way the motorcycle ahead under a sudden crossroads billboard uplit in LED the driver recalled when they’d complained or reading that complaints existed a runner pants in his periphery a towel flapping from the shorts reads FUND ME distant from connecting arteries wanting to […]

My Blog Week: March 5 to March 11

All the Latest from Torsade!                                 Losing an hour to daylight saving this week felt like losing three or four hours, at least. I’m finally caught up with the weekly cartoon, so able to publish a belated MBW. This week, […]

The Enemy (part three)

      The Enemy (part three)     Weapon of choice, was Palma’s thought. What is small and quick? A plummet, on the other hand, had virtues, quickness among them. The engineering of a plummet might be small…a distraction, a taped switch forcing an alarm to sound, a slippery floor. She saw the court […]

All Bedlam Courses Past (part twenty-five)

          All Bedlam Courses Past   Chapter Two Avarice Creeping On (part twenty-five)         But there was a Mme Montrose—a widow, certainly it was said—who traded to the hatmakers in feathers. Recalling where she kept her shop would be nothing, once the son was got into the room, […]