Patter (poem)

    Patter   He tried to suggest without speaking the worst That a friend they’d known from school days “Didn’t make it” That’s okay, I’ll catch him on Facebook Bought the farm, I mean to say From his Grandpa? Sort of reverse mortgage? No, he’s given up the ghost Oh, right. Those games we […]

My Blog Week: July 14 to July 20

All the Latest from Torsade!                         A Word on the Week   The Billionaire’s Mite     When the very rich throw their hats in the ring, political parties complain that their aura will tempt away voters. What makes the mythology of the maverick […]

Abnormalizing (poem)

    Abnormalizing   Should Dr. Comus mount to the podium Begged before he dies, of a valediction, lightning-bolted by the gaze When freed as angels his victims anneal him And words break out, in patterns of revealing His ilk, his false-named friends, a younger colleague A theoretician, but a go-getter, they turn them out […]

The Totem-Maker: Winter Alone (part nine)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Five Winter Alone (part nine)                   On the general’s dining porch, shuttered and hung with fleeces, hot–centered and smoky as would my master’s be… As would be at Cime’s house. I entered the room lonely, being no one’s friend in this place, my servant […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: sixty-five

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (sixty-five)                   I have still other letters, other notes, but those above, I believe, suffice to show in what terrors, in what fearfulness, perished Saint-Pierre… And above all, serve for proof that if they had let the people be free […]

Promoted to Exile: Fifth Tourmaline (conclusion)

Tourmaline Promoted to Exile (conclusion)                 The G.R.A. did only one thing, really. In imposing its ideology, the alliance severed ties, and severed them all. Pride in the least thing…in a well-tied shoe, one might say…would not be permitted, because you would care for the shoe, and not […]

Sequence of Events: Anarchy (part two)

Sequence of Events Chapter Thirteen Anarchy (part two)             Another face surprised her, a man’s appearing outside the window, just as Florrie had settled back against the seat and glanced up. He had a dog on a leash. The dog, jumping on its hind legs, peered through the glass as […]

Celebrated (part seventeen)

Celebrated (part seventeen)                         “Well, Brill’s pal, partner…did you ever meet Ian Charles Guiness?” “Was he…?” Tom gestured, slicking a palm above his head. The hairstyle, yes…the blow-dried loft. Also, there had been long carpety sideburns. But she completed for him, “A son of […]

My Blog Week: July 7 to July 13

All the Latest from Torsade!                         A Word on the Week   You Sweet Talker     I begin with the diplomatic contretemps that led to British ambassador Kim Darroch’s resignation. Let’s stop to imagine a leader (who doesn’t, among other things, blame his […]

Promoted to Exile: Fifth Tourmaline (part two)

Tourmaline Promoted to Exile (part two)                 Today, he’d given Byrnes an order to assemble her squadron, in snow fatigues, with their gear: radios, transponder belts, grenades and button bombs. Herward had it in mind to patrol a mile or so down the mountain, this the Hidtha named […]