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, […]

The Mirrors (part thirty-seven)

      The Mirrors (part thirty-seven)     Charmante thought the Breedloves would live off a side street, and here were only businesses. Conspicuous as she was dressed, she expected a small wave of news to precede her. She must get the address from whatever of these places showed life. Not this, number 818, […]

Adverse Possession (poem)

    Adverse Possession     Dear cerebral cortex Hors de combat. When we received the news We were saddened and shocked There is not much in the literature One or two articles after long search Found describing therapies Not met with any great success If it won’t offend, or make you feel superstitious (For […]

All Bedlam Courses Past (part twenty-four)

          All Bedlam Courses Past   Chapter Two Avarice Creeping On (part twenty-four)         With a pert acquiring of the thought, Miss Brent hopped aboard, asking as she hoisted a skirt cut above the ankle, and climbed without the cabman’s aid, if it were not better she carried […]

All Bedlam Courses Past (part twenty-three)

          All Bedlam Courses Past   Chapter Two Avarice Creeping On (part twenty-three)         Recently they had had other correspondence. From her in-between line readings, Madame got a wary sense that a slackening of the reins would permit Honoré’s cousin to take command. She had no picture of […]